By Devin Bartolotta

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Freezing rain overnight caused serious problems around the area before temperatures started warming up later in the morning.

Many school districts were delayed, while Carroll County Public Schools were closed as dangerous black ice covered some Maryland roads.

In Baltimore County, school officials say they didn’t expect this morning’s weather.

“We delayed the Hereford Zone, but all indications early this morning were that temperatures would rise by 6 a.m.,” district spokesman Mychael Dickerson told WJZ.

In the Hereford Zone of Baltimore County, seven schools were delayed, but other county schools started right on time, even with icy roads.

“In some areas, particularly the North and Northwest areas, the temperatures actually dropped, which caused icy patches. Our buses were already out on the rides and out of an abundance of caution, our drivers took there times to make sure we got students to schools safely albeit late in some instances,” said Dickerson.

Some parents tell WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta they waited more than half an hour before getting an email from the district saying buses would be late, or not come at all.

“They should have the parents and students some consideration just to give them a little extra time to get to school,” said parent Cherise Hill.

A combination of salt and sunshine melted the ice by mid-morning. But parents say that was not the case when kids were making their way to school.

“The worst phone call that you want to get is that your child has a slip and fall,” said Hill, who was worried as her kids walked to school on icy sidewalks.

In Harford County, the Fire & EMS public information officer posted a photo on Facebook of an ice-related accident in which a car flipped near the Winters Run Bridge on Bel Air Road, just one of multiple incidents that occurred across the county this morning on “extremely icy” roads.

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