More than 5 inches of snow, ice ahead for Baltimore region this week

This weekend's warm weather was only a tease, it seems — two storms this week could bring more than 5 inches of rain and snow in parts of the Baltimore region, according to the National Weather Service.

A "quick-hitting" rain storm Sunday night was expected to turn into snow early Monday morning and potentially snarl the morning commute, said Dan Hofmann, a meteorologist with the weather service in Sterling, Va.

More than 5 inches are expected in parts of northern Baltimore County, Carroll County, eastern Howard County and Western Maryland in Monday's storm, according to the National Weather Service. Northern areas near the Pennsylvania border could see up to 6 or 8 inches, Hofmann said. Two to 4 inches are expected elsewhere in the region, with 1 to 2 inches of snow likely in Baltimore.

The National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning for northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties and a Winter Weather Advisory for southern Baltimore and Howard counties and Baltimore Sunday night.

"It'll be coming down pretty hard," Hofmann said. "We're seeing substantial snowfall rates once the participation does switch over."

Temperatures were projected to drop to around freezing Sunday night and dwindle to the 20s during the week, Hofmann said.

The precipitation was expected to taper off Monday afternoon, but a wintry mix of ice and more rain Tuesday night could make for further chaotic road conditions.

"Each storm will have a lot of moisture to work with," Hofmann said, combined with colder air projected to hang over the area for the next two weeks.

"It'll stick around for a little bit," Hofmann said. "Stay tuned to the forecast and leave yourself plenty of time in your commute."

No school closings or delays for Monday had been announced as of press time Sunday.

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