Meteorologists are watching for the possibility of "localized bursts of snow" across Central Maryland come Friday night.
It is forecast to be plenty cold enough for snow by then. Arctic air is forecast to invade southward across the eastern half of the United States in the second half of this week, dropping lows around Baltimore into the upper 20s by early Friday morning. Afternoon highs Friday are only forecast in the upper 30s.
Forecasters expect a low-pressure system to develop off the Carolinas on Friday, and it could steer a separate low-pressure system over the region that may be cold and unstable enough to produce snow squalls, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.
They don’t expect a widespread snowfall, but possibly the first flakes of the season for many.
Still, meteorologists offered the forecast with plenty of caveats:
“It should be noted, however, that even over the last 24 hours models have shifted on strength and timing, lending to uncertainty in the all-important finer scale details,” they wrote in a forecast discussion Tuesday. “For now it appears the best window for snow showers or squalls would be late Saturday into early Sunday, but this is subject to change.”
Lows around the region could approach the mid-20s early Saturday morning.