Southeast storm expected hits Southern Md., Eastern Shore

A major storm for the Southeast could bring an inch or two of snow to Baltimore on Saturday.

A winter storm moving up the Atlantic coast Saturday produced heavy snow in Virginia and Northeast North Carolina, and more than half a foot of snow in southern Maryland, before moving to the Northeast this evening.

The Baltimore region was mostly spared, where the forecast calls for little accumulation though Anne Arundel remains under winter weather advisory until to 3 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

By 11:45 a.m. one inch of snow had fallen in Edgewater. Further north, Reisterstown saw .2 inches. Parts of St. Mary's County saw more than 7 inches of accumulation, according to the weather service.

Between eight and 12 inches of snow are expected in the lower eastern shore. A state of Emergency was declared in the Salisbury area as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester counties were under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Sunday, where snow is expected throughout the day and tapering off Saturday afternoon.

State highway crews and emergency management officials prepared for significant snowfall in Southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russell Strickland urged residents in areas that see accumulating snow to avoid driving during the storm, and warned Marylanders across the state to beware of strong, frigid winds that could make it feel as cold as the single digits early Saturday morning and the teens into the afternoon.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the teens and 20s throughout the weekend, possibly not reaching 30 degrees until Monday and not rising above freezing until Tuesday.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from Louisiana to Massachusetts as a mass of Arctic air covering the eastern half of the country meets moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to just brush the coast as it moves toward the Northeast later Saturday, potentially dropping some snowflakes on Philadelphia and New York before pounding Cape Cod.

The cold air is even expected to reach Miami, where lows are forecast in the 50s this weekend.

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