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Spring canceled: 2 to 4 inches of snow expected Friday

Spring? Not so fast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, meaning the long winter is likely to extend through the first official day of spring.

Andrew Snyder, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the forecasts is 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation in Central Maryland.

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"Precipitation should move in around midnight," Snyder said. "It will start as rain and change to snow around daybreak."

Keith Krichinsky, a Foot's Forecast adviser for the Potomac Ridge and Valley Zone, said snow accumulations could be more than 4 inches near Frederick County and in the Manchester-Hampstead area.

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Snyder predicts temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

State Highway Administration crews have pretreated many of the interstates and primary roads with brine in anticipation of the late blast of winter weather, according to spokesman David Buck.

"Make sure you get up extra early to check and see what's going on," Buck said. "There may be slippery spots."

Friday will be the 30th time in 79 days of 2015 that SHA's emergency road crews will be activated, Buck said.

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The angle of the sun and the slightly warmer temperatures, however, make for conditions expected to make roads easier to deal with than had been the case during previous winter snow storms, Buck said

Spring snows are rare, but not unheard of in Central Maryland.

Last year, a surprise snowstorm cropped up March 30 in Carroll, dropping as much as 6 inches in Manchester.

The latest recorded snowfall in the Baltimore area was May 9, 1923, according to Snyder, however it resulted in little to no accumulation. The Baltimore area also recorded a tenth of an inch April 28, 1898; 5 inches on April 9, 1916; and 8 inches on April 9, 1884, he said.

Even after Friday's weather, those longing for spring might not be able to put away the winter wear just yet. Krichinsky said meteorologists are following another potential snow event that could hit on Tuesday.

Reach staff writer Michel Elben at 410-857-7873 or michel.elben@carrollcountytimes.com.

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