Weather closes Harford schools for second day Wednesday, HCC opens late

Harford schools closed for second day this week because of weather, road conditions

A light overnight dusting of snow, coupled with freezing leftover melt from Tuesday's storm, forced the cancellation of classes for students in Harford County Public Schools Wednesday.

HCPS announced shortly after 5 a.m. at that schools would be closed with code blue employees reporting at 11 a.m. "due to current weather conditions."

Harford Community College delayed its opening until 11 a.m., "due to ice" and warned the closing could be extended if conditions did not improve. Any changes will be posted on the HCC website and Facebook pages.

Temperatures dropped below freezing overnight throughout the county, following Tuesday's day-long wet snowfall.

After overnight snow showers, some secondary roads still had a light covering of snow early Wednesday morning and were icy and slippery. Major state roads such as Route 152 and Route 1 in Fallston were clear, however, and traffic was running smoothly during the  7 to 8 a.m. commute period.

Harford County government spokesperson Cindy Mumby said county road crews were out salting by 5 a.m. Wednesday in the event schools would try to open. She said crews were still out salting and clearing roads where necessary after 10 a.m.

Schools in neighboring Cecil and Baltimore counties opened two hours late on Wednesday. Baltimore County later revised its decision and announced around 7:30 a.m. that schools in its northern Hereford Zone would be closed.

Harford schools have been closed seven days for weather this winter, including the entire week of Jan. 25-29, following the record snowfall on Jan. 22-23, and the two days this week.

According to the HCPS website, the closings in January will be made up the week of June 13-17, and Tuesday's closing will be made up by students attending school on Monday March 21, which was scheduled as a professional development day with students off.

The next potential make-up day shown on the website is Tuesday, March 23, which was also scheduled as a professional development day, as part of what would have been an extended spring break for students during the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

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