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Maryland weather: First snowfall of season sets record (2.6 inches) at BWI

The Baltimore area’s first snowfall of the season brought a record amount of snow to the region, according to the National Weather Service — even though it was only a little more than a couple of inches.

At Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, 2.6 inches of snow were measured Saturday night, breaking the record for Dec. 9 set in 2005 of 2.2 inches.

While many Marylanders awoke without whiteness outside their windows, the snow began to fill in across the area Saturday morning, forcing the cancellation of some events Saturday.

Accumulation varied across the state. Parts of Baltimore and Carroll counties saw more than 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Northern Harford County saw 4 inches. And more than 2 inches fell in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, the weather service reported. Salisbury saw nearly 7 inches Friday into Saturday, and 2 to 6 inches fell over other parts of the Eastern Shore.

Parts of Southern Delaware saw more than 8 inches from Friday to Saturday, and 2 to 5 inches blanketed Northern Virginia, according to the weather service.

Snow fell through much of the day. Temperatures just above freezing limited the accumulation on streets and paved areas, though the weather service warned of ice forming Saturday night on wet roadways.

“ICY ROADS are the main hazard tonight as the snow gradually winds down and temperatures drop into the 20s,” the weather service wrote on Twitter. “If planning travel this evening or overnight, use caution!”

The Washington, D.C.-area also saw record snowfall levels, the weather service tweeted out.

“Today's snowfall of 2.0" at Reagan Airport, 2.6" at BWI and 4.0" at Dulles all set daily records, and all the records had previously been set in 2005,” the weather service wrote on Twitter.

Brandon Fling, a meteorologist with the weather service, said shortly before 4:30 p.m. — amid a lull in the storm in Baltimore — that there were still some bands of snow to the west of the city that he expected would keep moving northeast.

A winter weather advisory for the Baltimore area was lifted at 9 p.m.

Andrew Snyder, another weather service meteorologist, said higher totals were along and southeast of Interstate 95.

"Far Southern Maryland over toward the Eastern Shore and Delaware actually got a decent coating of snow from late yesterday afternoon through the overnight hours, and there will be more developing over the day," Snyder said Saturday morning. "They'll probably come out on top."

The late arrival for the snow "probably means the snow totals are just little bit lower than what was forecast" Friday, Snyder said, when anywhere from 2 to 5 inches was predicted for the Baltimore area.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation tweeted Saturday that crews had been mobilized with over 18,000 tons of salt in preparation for the snow.

Sunday is forecast to be sunny but windy, with a high near 38 degrees.

All school activities Saturday in Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel counties were postponed, along with some athletic events in Baltimore City.

At Lake Clifton, the annual Baltimore vs. D.C. Challenge — a boys basketball showcase featuring four games — has been postponed, with no makeup date set.

Baltimore Sun reporters Talia Richman, Scott Dance, Glenn Graham and Sarah Meehan contributed to this article.

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