Forecasters say Carroll County is due for an episode of varying wintry precipitation — snow, sleet or rain — throughout the day Friday.
Temperatures overnight Thursday will drop into the mid to upper 20s, said Jeremy Geiger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
What is expected to start as snow in the morning, when temperatures are lower, will change to a mix of rain and snow in the afternoon as temperatures increase, before turning to rain in the evening, he said.
The gradual warming during the day should see temperatures around the county go from around 25 degrees at about 7 a.m. to about 35 degrees by 3 p.m., said Keith Krichinsky, executive director of Foot’s Forecast.
The peak chance for snow is from 8 a.m. to noon, Geiger said, while the rain-snow mix should continue until about 5 p.m. “Chances go downhill into the evening.”
Krichinsky predicted snow should begin at about 7 a.m. but he said it will be “really, really light at the start.” Heavier precipitation — likely a mix — should begin to fall in the afternoon, Krichinsky predicted, “one of those wintry mix type things.”
The storm coming from the Midwest is expected to produce a maximum of an inch or two of snow in Carroll County, he said. “I don’t see it being a big snowmaker by any stretch of the imagination.”
Although the temperatures will be cold enough to produce snow, there’s just not much moisture in this storm, Krichinsky said. “We’re talking less than a quarter-inch of rain” if it were exclusively rain.
Any precipitation should have dissipated by Friday evening, both forecasters said. By 9 p.m. it should be “just about done, if it isn’t done already,” Krichinsky added.
Any snow from Friday’s wintry mix shouldn’t be visible for long, as temperatures will be trending up over the weekend, the forecasters said.
By midday Saturday temperatures should hover in the low to mid 40s, and Sunday they could climb into the mid 50s, Geiger said. Overcast skies are expected Saturday, he added — but no precipitation.
Overnight Saturday into Sunday is a different story, with another weather system moving in, Geiger said. The rain should begin to fall sometime Saturday night and continue throughout most of the day Sunday, Krichinsky said.
The system, which is coming from the west, will yield “probably less than a half an inch (of rain) and spread out over 12-15 hours,” Krichinsky said. “It’s not going to be a heavy rain.”
Mild temperatures Sunday will drop back to seasonal — the mid 40s — Monday and Tuesday, Krichinsky said.
“I still think the second half of the month is going to be colder than normal,” Krichinsky said. “People are going to say ‘Yay, spring is here,’ and no, it’s not.”
He also said that one model is tracking a system that could produce snow at least 10 days from now.
“It’s just something we’re going to keep an eye on,” Krichinsky added. “It’s going to change between now and then.”