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Schools closed again, as Harford gets more snow

Snow returned to Harford County Thursday morning, giving children one more "snow day" and leaving roads slick throughout the county during the morning commute.

The storm dropped anywhere from a trace of the white stuff to 1 inch by about 9:30 a.m. on the county, Harford County spokesperson Cindy Mumby said, with most of the snow falling along the county's southern tier. Higher accumulations were reported south of Baltimore and in Southern Maryland.

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By 10 a.m., the gray skies over Harford had given way to partial sunshine and main state and county roads were mostly just wet.

Harford County Public Schools initially issued a two-hour delay but announced just before 7:30 a.m. all classes and school events would be canceled. Harford Community College opened at noon. Cecil County Public Schools opened at their regular time.

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"We are actually getting more snow in the southern end of the county, in Abingdon and Joppa," Mumby said. The storm was coming from the south, with parts of Virginia forecast to get up to a foot of snow Thursday.

County plows had been out since about 5 a.m., she said, and continued to treat roads throughout the morning.

A winter weather advisory remained in effect through noon, according to the National Weather Service.

"Roads are currently wet and slushy in some places," Harford County Emergency Management warned on its Facebook page at about 9:30 a.m. "Motorists are urged to reduce speed, drive with low-beam headlights and allow extra time for travel."

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County offices were open normal hours. No major incidents were reported, with Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reporting it responded to just one crash, on Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road, before 8 a.m.

Traffic maps showed traffic moving smoothly through most of the county, with only small delays on parts of Route 152 and 543.

Harford County Public Schools have used seven snow days, pushing school into June 18, as of Thursday, spokesperson Jillian Lader said.

Maryland has no law forbidding school from staying open past a certain date in the summer, Bill Reinhard, spokesperson for the state Department of Education, said.

"There is no end date in statute," he said, but noted that schools are only allowed to be open for a 10-month period.

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