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5 to 7 inches of snow expected today in Carroll County

A winter storm warning went into effect for Carroll County and some of the region at midnight and will remain in effect until about 5 p.m.

A rain and snow mix is expected to start shortly after midnight and should change to purely snow around daybreak as cold air starts to filter in, said Dan Hofmann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who spoke with the Times Sunday night. There is expected to be about 5 to 7 inches of snow accumulated in the county, Hofmann said.

However, if cold air moves in quickly, there could be close to a foot of snow accumulated, Hofmann said.

"Likewise, if the colder air does not move in as quick, you can see more in the three-to-five, three-to-six range," Hofmann said.

Hofmann said that drivers should remain cautious, as road temperatures could start to fall quickly, and snow will likely start to accumulate right as the morning rush begins.

"Leave yourself plenty of extra time ... because the snow could be coming down quite hard at times in the morning commute," Hofmann said.

The snow is expected to stop in the early afternoon, but temperatures will likely drop into the lower 20s tonight.

Another storm system is approaching for Tuesday night into Wednesday, which could bring some freezing rain - possibly light snow - with it late Tuesday night.

Residents should expect cold weather that will hover around freezing for the rest of the week. There could be a high in the 40s Wednesday, Hofmann said.

"[It is] not quite as cold as some of the colder outbreaks we saw last month, but it will still be below normal," Hofmann said.

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