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Harford County Urges Residents to Prep for Subfreezing Temps

'The weather conditions this week may be some of the harshest of the winter.' —Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers

Harford County Emergency Management Office, December 2013. (Credit: Harford County Emergency Management)
Harford County Emergency Management Office, December 2013. (Credit: Harford County Emergency Management)
Harford County announced that with a new round of cold weather coming, it will activate its Emergency Operations Center at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Harford County and other jurisdictions, effective from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers and the emergency management team will monitor the storm throughout the day, according to a statement from the Department of Emergency Services.

While the forecast called for 4 to 6 inches of snow Tuesday, the prospect of 8 to 10 inches was "a real possibility," Ayers said in a recorded message.

Winds may gust up to 30 mph, possibly complicating travel.

“We expect this storm to affect travel for most of the day, including both the morning and evening commutes," State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters said Monday. "Please allow extra time and reduce speeds, especially while precipitation is still falling."

The State Highway Administration said it began anti-icing operations Monday in preparation for the weather.

"One of our significant concerns" is the subfreezing temperatures, Ayers said.

“The weather conditions this week may be some of the harshest of the winter; therefore, we are asking people to take time to check on their neighbors, especially those with serious health conditions, to ensure their well-being,” Ayers said.

Temperatures in the 20s and single digits will persist until Friday, according to Harford County's Department of Emergency Services, which recommended the following preparations:
• Keep working flashlights in vehicles and at home, with fresh batteries.
• Charge cell phones.
• Have a three-day supply of nonperishable foods available.
• Have an adequate supply of fresh water available–one gallon per person per day.
• Keep a first aid kit for the home and car.
• Have blankets in vehicles.
• If possible, refrain from driving during the height of the snow storm. Wait until road crews have plowed or treated roads to allow for safe travel conditions.

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