Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials said they had restored nearly all the outages associated with Wednesday's ice storm by Saturday morning, but were contacting some customers who will enter a fourth day without electricity.

Winds weighing on weakened branches added 10,000 outages Wednesday and Thursday nights, on top of those outages that immediately followed the ice storm, for a total of 182,000 outages since early Wednesday morning. Outages had fallen to about 2,800 by 9 a.m. Saturday, most of them in Baltimore and Carroll counties.

"For those customers without electric service, please know that our crews are committed to getting your service restored as quickly as possible," Carol Dodson, BGE's chief customer officer, said in a statement. "In many cases, service to these remaining customers could not be safely restored until the main lines feeding their individual homes and businesses were repaired."

Snow forecast for the weekend was considered unlikely to add new headaches — three separate systems were forecast to pass through quickly, each bringing a dusting or less — but meteorologists were looking ahead to more significant snow chances late next week.

The National Weather Service forecast a 60 percent chance of snow Saturday afternoon, with accumulations of less than an inch around the region, and then 40 percent chance of snow with only slight accumulations possible Sunday.

Light snow is also possible overnight Sunday into the Monday morning commute.

But forecasters are watching models projecting a possible storm bringing moisture up the coast, potentially making for heavy snow or rain toward the end of next week.

On his blog, AccuWeather.com meteorologist Henry Margusity predicted snow for the Appalachians but rain to the east as the storm moves up the coast.

Weather service meteorologists writing in a forecast discussion suggested it's possible that the storm will hug the coast, but it could also head out into the Atlantic, making it too soon to predict how much or what kind of precipitation could fall.

But one forecasting model, the European model, has suggested a significant snowstorm around Thursday.

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