Harford County is bracing for more cold weather, as well as the possibility of still getting several inches of the white stuff Friday.
A light dusting of snow fell overnight in central and northern Harford Wednesday. The 9 a.m. Thursday temperature in downtown Bel Air was 16 degrees, according to AccuWeather.
"It could be anything from clouds to a few inches of snow [Friday].... There's still some variability with that, some uncertainty, but that's the going forecast right now," Mike Padovani, a meteorologist with the Aberdeen Test Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, said Wednesday afternoon.
With daytime temperatures predicted to remain in the 20s and nighttime temps in the teens, county officials implemented Harford County's Freezing Weather Plan on Wednesday.
The plan will be in effect "through the duration of the severe weather event," according to a county news release.
"Our weather is going to be deadly cold for the next few days and we are very concerned for our elderly and homeless population," Harford County Executive David R. Craig stated in the news release.
Library branches throughout the county will be open to those seeking shelter from the cold during the day and evening.
Padovani said temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s through the week – the ATC's website indicated the temperature late Wednesday afternoon stood at 21.6 degrees, with a wind chill of 11.77 degrees.
"It's so cold and dry, if it does snow it could accumulate pretty quickly," Padovani said.
Wednesday's night's snow appeared to have little impact on the morning commute. A few streets in the Fallston area were slick in spots, but no county or state salt trucks were in evidence. Main Street in Bel Air was salted, however. Harford County Public Schools opened at the regular time Thursday, but there was a two-hour delay for schools in neighboring Baltimore County.
Thursday is expected to dawn with cloudy weather and potentially light snow, then remain clear and cold.
Weather forecasters are still working to determine when the snow – if any – could start Friday. Padovani said it could start anywhere from early afternoon to the evening.
"Then, the sun returns and the winds kick back up on Saturday," he said.