Harford snow totals hit 12 to 18 inches Thursday morning

Half a labrador retriever? Three beer cans? One car tire?

Any way you measure it – and there have certainly been some creative ways, per the Internet – it's a lot of snow.


After predictions for Harford County wavered between 6 to 12 inches on Wednesday afternoon, the season's biggest storm ultimately dumped more than 1 1/2 feet of snow on parts of the county.

By Thursday morning, the first round of snow was reported to have produced anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow around the county, according to Emergency Manager Rick Ayers, with another two to four inches on top of that possible by Friday morning.


"A pain in the butt, is what it is," Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett murmured about the snow from his house near City Hall.

He counted 11 inches of snow Thursday morning.

Bennett said he keeps wood for his fireplace just outside his door and had to shovel to get to it.

"It's just a lot of snow, and it's heavy; that's the problem. It's a lot different than pushing lighter snow," he noted.

In Norrisville, Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes' neighbor posted a photo showing 18 inches of snow, the councilman said.

Shrodes took out a yardstick when a reporter called and measured 17 inches of snow outside of his front door.

While some parts of Harford got more rain and sleet, "it definitely seems like Norrisville is in that area where we didn't get a mix. It's all snow," he said.

The snow stopped falling in northern Harford by about 10:15 a.m., Shrodes said.

Shrodes was hoping to take his 4-year-old daughter sledding later in the day, but had no plans of shoveling his 500-foot driveway.

"It's not even the kind of driveway you would attempt to shovel," he said with a laugh.

He was waiting for his brother, who lives next door, to eventually plow it with a John Deere tractor.

"This will probably be the fifth time this year, so I definitely have to give him something nice," Shrodes said.


At Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Deputy Chief Ben Kurtz reported about the same amount as in Norrisville.

"We have seen anywhere between 15 to 17 inches," he said.

Kurtz agreed officials were expecting about 8 to 10, but "up here in the upper end of Northern Harford, we always get a little more," he said.

"It was one of those [predictions] that [they] kind of covered themselves, when they said, '10-plus [inches],' but yeah, it kind of surprised me," Kurtz said.

Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty estimated 11 1/2 inches of snow in his city before rain started at about 8 a.m. The rain then turned back to snow, he said.

"They were saying we were in the 4 to 6 inch [range] but I think it moved a little more east than what I anticipated," Dougherty said.

In Bel Air, meanwhile, snow totals ranged from "every bit of a foot" to 15 inches, Mayor Robert Reier estimated.

The county, under a state of emergency issued by Harford County Executive David Craig, pretty much agreed with all of the assessments.

"The county has received up to a foot of heavy wet snow in the Southern part of Harford County and up to 18 inches of snow in the Northern sections of the County," Robert Thomas, spokesman for Harford County Emergency Services, wrote in an email. "During the day we can expect some periods of little precipitation before a second round of snow impacts the county later this afternoon and evening when we could receive an additional 2 to 4 inches. DPW and State Highways have all available man-power and equipment working to clear the roads; however, the recovery from this storm will most likely go into Saturday. There is also the possibility of snow Friday afternoon and evening that will hinder the recovery effort."

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