Much of the predicted snowstorm that closed local schools and put highway crews on the alert Wednesday failed to materialize in Harford County.
Predictions for snow accumulations fluctuated as the late-winter storm system, known as Winter Storm Saturn, approached the Mid-Atlantic region. The storm left much of the Eastern Seaboard with wet and heavy snow, power outages, flooding and major traffic accidents, although Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region escaped with mostly mixed rain and snow, and high winds, according to Weather.com.
Weather forecasters had predicted snow accumulations as high as 10 inches for the Baltimore metropolitan region, but Harford and Cecil counties saw little to no snow, depending on the area.
At mid-afternoon, the two counties had experienced some snow, some sleet and some rain, but not a lot of any of them. Rain continued throughout the rest of the afternoon and into the evening.
Temperatures were above freezing during the daylight hours and remained so after sundown. Winds were blustery, as had been forecast, but there was no snow.
No serious traffic incidents were reported by Harford law enforcement agencies Wednesday. No fires or emergency incidents were reported on the Harford Fire & EMS Association media Facebook Page or by Harford County Emergency Operations.
"I think those meteorologists are checking their numbers again!" Harford Fire & EMS Association Rich Gardiner posted on the association's Facebook page.
Nothing but rain
Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty said he met with the director and deputy director of the city's Department of Public Works Tuesday evening to ensure all trucks and salt were available, and staffers were placed on 12-hour shifts.
"We've had absolutely nothing here but rain," Dougherty said late Wednesday afternoon.
The mayor said the atmosphere at City Hall was "business as usual," and the only reported impact from the storm was some tree limbs knocked down.
"We had minor branches down, but our crews hit that right away," he said.
Aberdeen Mayor Michael Bennett said Wednesday had "just been a rain event."
"We've had all the trucks ready to go, the salt, but thank the Lord, we haven't needed it so far," Bennett said.
Aaron Stewart, a spokesman with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, reported only two minor traffic accidents, in Havre de Grace and in Abingdon.
"As far as a county as a whole is concerned, no, we didn't have anything, thank God," Stewart said.
No major traffic incidents were reported on the I-95 corridor through the JFK Memorial Highway Barrack, either, according to a trooper at the barrack.
Ready in Cecil
On the eastern shore of the Susquehanna River, officials in the towns of Port Deposit and Perryville were ready for the worst and happy with the outcome.
Port Deposit Town Administrator Rod Heinze spent a fitful Tuesday night listening to the high winds outside his house, thinking he would have to deal with at least 3 inches of snow the next morning.