Roads wet and slushy from a late-season snow were expected to become icy overnight, with one more frigid and windy day ahead Wednesday before a return to spring weather.
Though snow fell most of the day Tuesday across the Baltimore area, accumulations were scant. Just two-tenths of an inch piled up at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as of 8 p.m., adding little to a seasonal tally that is an inch and a half shy of topping the 40-inch mark, surpassed in only 13 winters on record here.
The heaviest snowfall was confined mostly to areas west and southwest of Baltimore, with 3.8 inches in Columbia, 2.8 inches in Oella in Baltimore County, and 2.5 inches in both Reisterstown and Westminster as of Tuesday evening. As much as 4 inches was reported in parts of Montgomery County, while 5 inches fell in parts of Northern Virginia.
"By and large what we've seen in the metropolitan area is the snow has not been sticking," said Lora Rakowski, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration.
Road crews were minding cold spots, however, including bridges, ramps and overpasses that could freeze before other pavement, she said.
Most pavement temperatures remained above freezing Tuesday, but air temperatures were expected to fall to around 30 degrees overnight, creating the chance for some slick spots.
The snow came from one of two systems converging into a powerful storm that brought blizzard warnings to Cape Cod in Massachusetts and eastern Maine. Hurricane-force wind warnings were in effect off the New England coast.
Gusty winds on the back side of the storm were expected to reach as high as 35 mph in the Baltimore area Wednesday, creating wind chills in the teens and 20s. But clear, sunny skies should help dry up wet pavement.
After that, temperatures were expected to reach the 60s by Friday.