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Howard County's early snow could be taste of weekend storm

Snow lightly blankets a field with dozens of Canada Geese on Rt. 144 in Ellicott City on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.
Snow lightly blankets a field with dozens of Canada Geese on Rt. 144 in Ellicott City on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (Nate Pesce, for The Baltimore Sun Media Group)

In a teaser to a possible blizzard this weekend, Howard County residents got a taste of snow as temperatures dipped below freezing Wednesday night, leaving many roads with a coat of ice. The freeze-over prompted Howard County Public Schools to open two hours late today.

High school exams will continue despite the delay. Officials urge residents to use caution when driving on roadways. Multiple minor collisions occurred on Route 29, 100, 170 and I-95, according to Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

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The snow comes as the region braces for an expected wind-blow blizzard that could leave the area with up to a two feet of snow from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. As temperatures dip into the upper 20s, visibility will be near zero, according to the National Weather Service.

For Howard County, there is a 50 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy, wind-blown snow will hit the county Saturday, with accumulations of 7 to 11 inches possible. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, as of 6:25 a.m. Thursday. Winds will be blustery and chilling, with gusts as high as 34 miles per hour, according to the service. Lows will remain around 25.

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