In the midst of a significantly cooler-than-average March, an early spring snow storm is going to drop between 2-4 inches of snow today throughout Central Maryland. Some areas at higher elevations could see more than 4 inches of snow.
Carroll County Public Schools have closed. So has McDaniel College. As of 6:30 a.m., roads were snow-covered throughout the area. Temperatures
, allowing snow to accumulate on all road surfaces.
This was the first noteworthy snow of any kind at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. The Capital Weather Gang is reporting that more than 1 inch of snow there fell for the first time since Jan. 26, 2011, putting an end to an all-time snow drought.
The National Weather Service issued a
Carroll County Daily Headlines
for the region.
Conditions are expected to improve. Temperatures will rise into the mid-30s later this afternoon. But the morning commute will almost certainly be a tricky one.
Snow can fall in early spring in Central Maryland. This will be the 10th time in the last 31 years that National Weather Service cooperative observer Bobby Miller, of Millers, has recorded more than 2 inches of snow on March 25 or later. But late March snow storms have been rare recently.
The most recent noteworthy spring snow came 10 years ago when 3 inches of snow fell in Millers March 30, 2003. In that same storm, BWI recorded 2.5 inches.
This is almost certainly winter's last gasp. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s by the end of the week. The Weather Prediction Center in College Park
in the Mid-Atlantic.
More details to follow later today.