The wintry weather patterns that unleashed snow, ice and bitter cold throughout the region in January and February will continue into March.

Flurries began falling in the Baltimore area before 9 a.m. Sunday, but what falls from the sky may change throughout the day, creating potential problems for motorists.


The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning early Sunday that forecasts 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet across Baltimore and northeastern Maryland on the first day of March. That accumulation could be followed by freezing rain, with the forecast calling for up to 1/4 an inch of ice later Sunday.

The warning said "traveling will be dangerous during this time" and "visibility will be reduced below one mile at times in snow Sunday morning and afternoon."

The weather service said the snow would begin between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. With temperatures in the 20s, the snow is expected to change to sleet and freezing rain between noon and 3 p.m. before ending overnight as temperatures rise into the 30s.

Winds will blow from the south at about 5 to 10 mph.

More snow and sleet — possibly more than 3 inches — will fall near the Mason-Dixon line, and visibility will likely be reduced during the morning and afternoon.

The weather service urged motorists to watch out for treacherous driving conditions.

The winter storm warning — which replaced a winter weather advisory in the early morning hours — will be in effect until 3 a.m. Monday.

While temperatures will rise into the low 40s Monday, a chance of snow returns Tuesday. Rain is predicted for Wednesday, with a high of 53 degrees forecast.