Despite enough snow having fallen overnight to delay the opening of schools, angler Aron Weiner weighed in the first catch of the 2019 season at Piney Run Park in Eldersburg on Friday morning — a 34.5-inch, 17.5-pound striped bass.
Friday marked opening day at the the county’s oldest developed park, which includes a 300-acre lake. From now until Nov. 30, the park will be open from 7 a.m. until sundown, seven days a week. Even when the ground is white.
“Despite the snow, it’s been pretty good,” Deb Rottman, Piney Run Park superintendent, said of the season opening.
The day yielded big bass for others, too. Adam Crouse and Travis Hankins, both of Eldersburg, were among the anglers on the lake when Hankins hooked a 38.5-inch striped bass weighing 19.97 pounds.
After having the fish measured for the park's big fish contest, Hankins released it back into the lake.
“We had an even larger striped bass caught last year on the first day of the season,” Rottman said. “They seem to be pretty common to catch early in the season and later in the season when the temps are cooler.”
The thin layer of snow — ranging from 1.5 inches near Westminster to nearly 3 in Sykesville — that blanketed Carroll County and caused a two-hour delay for Carroll County Public Schools was expected to be largely erased by higher afternoon temperatures and rain expected in the evening, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Carroll and neighboring counties from 7 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday.
Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Friday morning that while he expected some flurries throughout the day, any other precipitation would change to rain by the evening. The northern parts of the county, where air temperatures are expected to be a little cooler, could experience some freezing rain, Ledbetter added.
A push of wintry precipitation will be setting up overnight and will feature a mix of freeing rain, sleet and snow, Ledbetter said. The precipitation should dissipate by about 6 a.m. Saturday, he added.
The northern parts of the county could see up to one-tenth of an inch of ice, Ledbetter said.
“[It] looks like it’s not going to be any big deal,” said Keith Krichinsky, executive director of Foot’s Forecast.
Krichinsky said he expects light rain overnight that will have moved out by daybreak.
Both meteorologists said a stronger storm is coming in overnight Sunday.
Krichinsky predicts heavy rain Sunday evening will turn into heavy snow overnight into Monday morning. The county should expect 2 to 3 inches of accumulation, he said.
Sunday should feature a high of 37 degrees and a low right around freezing, Krichinsky said.
Ledbetter said whatever precipitation falls overnight Sunday — it could be rain or snow — should have moved out of the area before rush hour Monday morning.
Krichinsky said temperatures will steeply decline Sunday night, bottoming out in the teens next week. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 10- to 15-degree range at night beginning Monday and continuing through the middle of the week.
“For most of next week I don’t expect temperatures to break the freezing mark,” he said.