By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
4:19 PM EST, February 14, 2013
The Baltimore area has just been through another will-it-or-won't-it snowfall event, and there is one more in the forecast for this weekend.
Precipitation is expected to pass through the area late Friday night into Saturday morning. National Weather Service forecasters are expecting rain to turn into snow by morning, with some signs the "situation warrants a stronger emphasis on snow."
But after repeated systems busting snowfall forecasts, forecasters remain cautious.
The weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office is calling for another 1-2 inches across most of Central Maryland, with 2-4 inches possible in Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties. Forecasters emphasize both that there is significant uncertainty regarding possible accumulations, but also that the current forecast "is not [the] worst case scenario."
Local meteorologist "Eric the Red" suggests that a stalled Arctic front could spawn a coastal low-pressure system that would bring snow up the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
But the weather service isn't going so far as to issue a winter storm watch yet, nor is Foot's Forecast on board. Foot's calls for a chance of a rain/snow mix Friday into Saturday, expecting it to be all snow closer to the Mason-Dixon Line.
AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity expects the system to create blizzard conditions in Maine and Canada, but south of that along the East Coast just a "moderate snowfall" of 3-6 inches. Snow lovers bitter about Wednesday night's wet snow showers will be eager to note AccuWeather also included Maryland in the 3-6 inch zone for that storm, too.
But Margusity throws those folks a bone in a blog post Thursday, in discussing a couple of storm systems that could head east from the Rockies next week: "We just need to get some snow into D.C. to Philly to satisfy the snow lovers who have been left out of winter."
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