The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch across Central Maryland, with an inch or two of rain possible Saturday amid mild temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
The heaviest rain is expected Saturday afternoon and could cause flooding in areas with poor drainage and where streams and creeks could overflow their banks. Temperatures could reach the lower 60s in the afternoon.
The forecast comes after a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain slickened roads early Friday morning but was turning to rain by midday, as temperatures warm significantly into the weekend.
The conditions made for an icy morning commute for many in the Baltimore area and drivers were cautioned to slow down. A freezing rain advisory that had been set to expire by 9 a.m. was extended as rain continued to freeze, until being canceled shortly after 11 a.m. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation was expected.
Temperatures are forecast to hover in the upper 30s and lower 40s throughout the day, with 60 percent chances for rain. By 6:30 a.m., Baltimore transportation officials said they used more than 200 tons of salt to treat roads.
Public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Harford County and Carroll County were operating on a two-hour delay Friday, though Anne Arundel County schools were on a normal schedule.
Skies are expected to clear Sunday, with highs around 50 and lows around freezing.
Relatively mild temperatures in the 40s and 50s are forecast to continue into early next week.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun