Friday weather forecast includes afternoon snow and sleet

Snow and sleet could move into a cloudy Baltimore region on Friday afternoon, complicating the afternoon commute and changing to rain or freezing rain in the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

But forecasters said Friday morning the chances of any meaningful precipitation for the Baltimore area are waning.

According to Foot's Forecast, "the storm has really fizzled before it can bring a hazardous commute today, but some smaller impacts are expected." Foot's meteorologists note that the area hasn't seen a "signicant" snowfall in two years, since 2-6 inches fell Feb. 21-22, 2011.

The weather service's forecast discussion calls it "a very tricky forecast." There is uncertainty as to whether air and surfaces will be cold enough for any frozen precipitation, and also how much precipitation could fall, meteorologists wrote.

Counties, including northern Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick, and parts of western Maryland, including Frostburg and Cumberland, are under a winter weather advisory through 10 a.m. Saturday, with freezing rain and sleet likely especially at higher elevations, but little accumulation is expected.

In the Baltimore area, temperatures on Friday will likely peak in the mid-30s with a slight northeast wind, shifting to the southeast in the afternoon, the weather service said.

Freezing rain is likely overnight with lows in the low-30s.

Into the weekend, forecasts call for a rainy Saturday with highs in the lower-40s, with more rain Saturday night and a chance of snow and rain showers early Sunday.

The rest of Sunday is expected to be sunny or mostly clear, with highs in the upper 40s.

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