National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of snow in Baltimore this week

The Baltimore region could see the first snow of 2014 — possibly a couple of inches — beginning around the afternoon rush hour Thursday, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

It could start as a rain-snow mix midafternoon Thursday but should change to snow in the evening, most likely 1 to 3 inches across the area. But Greg Schoor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said that it's unlikely to significantly hamper the evening commute because the snow probably will melt when it hits the ground, which will remain a few degrees warmer than the air.

"Flakes will start to fly Thursday afternoon, but we may not see any accumulation until after 8 p.m.," he said.

The greatest snowfall is expected north of the city near Harford County, while Anne Arundel County may receive just a dusting.

Snow from the fast-moving storm, made up of low-pressure systems from Northern Mexico and Canada, should taper off by early Friday.

Winds of up to 40 miles per hour are expected to follow Friday, along with chillier weather. The service is forecasting that temperatures will top out in the 20s that day. But it will feel as though the thermometer is hovering around 10 degrees.

"Expect wind-chill values in the single digits," Schoor said.

In December, the official snowfall for the season recorded at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was 2.9 inches, meteorologist Carl Barnes said — or just a few flakes short of the 3.3-inch average for the month.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins contributed to this article.

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