Howard County residents and officials are preparing for the worst as a potentially historic blizzard barrels its way across the East Coast, possibly leaving much of the region buried in as much as two feet of snow over the weekend.
Facing forecasts of life-threatening blizzard conditions likely to debilitate the region into next week, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency starting Friday morning and urged Marylanders to take the storm seriously, while school systems canceled classes before seeing a snowflake.
The fire department, like other Carroll departments, has been preparing for the snow, including checking their equipment and preparing their station to house firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics who will weather the storm at the station in order to make sure there will be staff available to cover emergencies.
Make no mistake, this is the real deal. Gov. Larry Hogan's declaration of a State of Emergency means that, if you can, you should hunker down and bundle up inside with some movies and hot chocolate for the next few days.
With the year's first major snowstorm predicted to arrive in the Harford and Cecil County area between Friday evening and Saturday morning, leaders of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace are asking residents to be prepare and be ready to help each other if necessary.
With potential blizzard conditions forecast this week and frigid temperatures likely, the Harford County Health Department urges residents to take all necessary precautions to avoid serious health and safety concerns.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and the Department of Emergency Services urge citizens to make preparations and stay off the roads during the height of the snowstorm expected to hit the county Friday night and Saturday.
No flakes have fallen yet, but the potential for a major winter storm that could drop up to 1 to 2 feet of snow on the Northeastern U.S. this weekend means Harford County residents are making a mad dash to stock up on food and equipment to clear snow.
Spring-like temperatures during the Christmas holiday and even last weekend, when light jackets were optional, let alone gloves and scarves, gave way to frigid temperatures on Monday and now Maryland commuters need to prepare for their first bout of winter precipitation during the afternoon drive today.
Severe weather has a habit of sneaking up on you. Even with today's modern weather forecasting techniques, a powerful storm can form in just a matter of hours. As we've all seen many times before, high winds, heavy rain, snow, even extreme hot or cold temperatures, can cause flooding, property damage, power outages and, in those rare instances, loss of life. So, are you prepared for the impact of a severe storm?
Snow began to fall in parts of Baltimore County early Thursday morning, part of a winter storm moving from Canada and the Midwest, predicted by the National Weather Service to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on the region by 6 p.m. Thursday night.
A storm likely to drop a couple of inches of snow across North Carolina could bring some light flakes to Maryland on Thursday, and forecasters are also eyeing a possible rain/snow mix around Baltimore on Sunday.