"We are doing everything we can to get that power back on and restore that power in a safe and timely manner," he said.

Harford County government was scheduled to open at 10 a.m., but because inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions, government agencies will remain closed today, said Bob Thomas, spokesperson for the Department of Emergency Services.

Traffic woes

Although Harford County Emergency Services broadcast stated the snow emergency in the county was lifted at noon, the weather impacted the flow of traffic Wednesday morning.

Both county and state roads were affected by blockages caused by trees and downed power lines, and some signals were reported out of operation.

There were 23 roads across the county that are closed or blocked because of fallen trees, branches or down power lines, county Emergency Services spokesman Thomas said about 9:30 a.m.

The traffic signal at the intersection of Baltimore Pike, Fulford Avenue and South Main Street in Bel Air was still out around 10:30 a.m.

The intersection became a four-way stop; red stop signs had been placed at the crosswalks and traffic heading east along Fulford and north along Main was funneled into one lane by a series of cones.

It was one of three traffic lights around the county that had been reported as being knocked out, said David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Lights were also out at Route 24 and Plumtree Road in Bel Air South, and along Route 22 (Churchville Road) near Saint Mary Magdalen Mission.

Buck noted the traffic signals would come back online as the power comes back to the surrounding area.

"With the power coming on and off at various times, we need folks to make sure they treat dark intersections as four-way stops," he said.

Buck recommended motorists approach such intersections "cautiously" and make eye contact with other motorists, and then "proceed through very slowly and with caution."

The right of way at a four-way intersection typically goes to the driver who gets there first, or the driver on the right.

Buck said drivers should "make sure they're using common sense and good driving etiquette."

There was an earlier road closure at Route 543 just south of Taylor Road because wires down the Harford County Fire and EMS Blog reported. All lanes were blocked.

Buck said BGE officials reported wires were down along Route 646 (Prospect Road) east of the intersection with Route 543 (Ady Road), and the road was expected to be closed for four to five hours.

As of noon, he said, the Route 646 closure was one of 16 along state roads in Harford County because of trees down, many in the northern part of the county.

There were four closures along Route 165, four along Route 23, two along Route 136, and six at locations along Routes 1, 543, 161, 646, 22 and 440.

A tree branch fell through the roof of a mobile home in the 500 block of West Lane near Bel Air, Thomas said. None of the occupants suffered any injuries.