The first official day of spring brought snow to Baltimore County instead of the sunny skies residents were hoping for.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Thursday, in effect until 2 p.m. Friday, predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow for the Baltimore region by this afternoon. In a NWS public information statement issued at 7:36 a.m., .8 inch of snow accumulation was reported in Essex.
"In areas that we're getting snow, we expect it will change over to rain sometime around noon," said NWS meteorologist Kevin Witt.
Witt said the wintry weather is not unsual for this time of year. "We have gotten snow in late April in this area before," Witt said.
Snowfall caused county public school system officials to open schools in the Hereford Zone two hours late. Baltimore County government offices, public libraries and senior centers remain open on a normal schedule today.
The county's Department of Public Works has 306 personnel and 211 pieces of equipment deployed clearing roads of snow accumulation, said Lauren Watley, a county spokeswoman.
"We're out countywide, monitoring road conditions and salting as needed, " Watley said.
Watley said the roads may not appear dangerous, but advised motorists to proceed with caution.
Despite the snow today, Witt said there is good news: the storm will exit to the east and resident can expect to wake up to sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s and 60s on Saturday.