Fat, wet flakes of snow mixed with cold rain slickened Wednesday evening commutes and slowed drivers around the region.
The snow was expected to be a nuisance come Valentine's Day morning, according to forecasts. Earlier expectations of a more significant snow event have again fallen by the wayside.
The heaviest snow, likely a couple of inches at the most, was expected along the Mason-Dixon Line. The National Weather Service was forecasting an inch or less of snow across the region, with most of it falling mixed with rain and failing to stick to pavement.
The system was expected to drop precipitation from Kentucky to Cape Cod, with the heaviest snowfall in the mountains of West Virginia and Garrett County and from central New Jersey to Long Island, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in College Park.
Nowhere was the system expected to be a significant storm, though.
Slushy flakes were falling fast around 7 p.m.
Winter weather advisories were in effect for Western Maryland and for Cecil County up into central New Jersey.
There could be some isolated spots in northern parts of the state to see as much as 3-4 inches, depending on more intense bands of precipitation that could set up. Weather service forecasters expected that area to stretch across Carroll County and northern Baltimore County.
Weather service meterologists explained in their forecast discussion:
"SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO THE CLIPPER EVENTS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS...LOCALES THAT RECEIVE THE HIGHEST TOTALS OUTSIDE OF THE MTNS WILL BE FROM LOCALIZED BANDS OF STEADY MODERATE SNOW THAT HAS MORE RESIDENCE TIME - SINCE THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE PROGRESSIVE AND SCATTERED."
For most of the region, it wasn't expected to be anything more than something that will wipe easily off of windshields Valentine's Day morning. Lows are expected from about freezing to the mid-30s overnight.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun