Icy conditions overnight Monday into Tuesday morning closed schools in Harford County and led to some treacherous driving conditions, county school and highway officials reported.
Harford County Public Schools first announced at 5 a.m. that classes would be two hours late, with no morning pre-kindergarten, but by 6:30, school officials made the decision to cancel school for the day. Afternoon and evening activities were also canceled.
The John Carroll School in Bel Air also closed Tuesday. Harford Community College opened at 10 a.m. Harford County government and courts opened at their normal times.
Tuesday was the fourth time this school year that Harford public school students have missed school because of weather. School was also canceled on Jan. 6, 12 and 26.
Rain began falling Monday evening as temperatures dropped to the freezing mark, slicking up many roads. Overnight, the rain alternated with freezing rain and sleet in most areas of the county.
With temperatures still below freezing early Tuesday, some roads remained icy.
Four accidents on county roads had been attributed to ice or slippery road conditions since midnight, Harford County Department of Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Thomas said Tuesday morning.
Three calls for fall-related injuries were also made to the county's 911 center, Thomas said.
Ice was reported shortly before 9 p.m. on many roads in the northern end of the county, including Carea, Telegraph, St. Paul's Church, Fawn Grove and West Jarrettsville, emergency services reported.
County trucks were out salting roads starting at 9:30 p.m. Monday night and returned to treat roads at 7 a.m. Tuesday, county spokesperson Cindy Mumby said. Most roads in the Bel Air area were passable by 8:30 a.m.
By mid-day, the sun was shining in downtown Bel Air, where the temperature was 36 degrees.
The National Weather Service forecast for the Bel Air area was for clear skies today (Wednesday), with highs approaching 38 degrees and lows in the mid-20s.
There is a 40 percent chance for rain or snow on Thursday, when high temperatures of 39 degrees are forecast, followed by clearing and plunging temperatures into the teens Thursday night. The forecast for the Valentine's Day-Presidents Day Weekend is clear and cold.