A low pressure system is expected to dump snow on the Baltimore area Sunday, and areas to the north and west of the city could see significant accumulations.
Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Sunday that Carroll County could get as much as 6 to 8 inches of snow before the system leaves the area just before the Monday morning rush hour, while Harford County and the northern parts of Baltimore County could see a bit less, perhaps 4 to 5 inches of snow — though he added that 8 inches is not out of the question, especially close to the Pennsylvania border.
In Baltimore, where temperatures are expected to hover just around freezing, “it’s going to be a very fine line between where you see snow and where you see rain,” Ledbetter said. Between 1 and 3 inches of snow is forecast for the city.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Baltimore residents from 2 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday, while the more serious winter storm warning has been issued for residents of northern Baltimore, Harford and Carroll counties. In Carroll County, the warning begins at noon Sunday.
Ledbetter said light flurries could begin by late morning, with the heaviest snowfall expected from the early afternoon into the evening. In the city and Harford County, precipitation will start as a mix of snow and rain before switching over to all snow. Northern Baltimore and Carroll counties are forecast to get all snow.
High temperatures area-wide are expected to be in the mid-30s, and then drop a few degrees after sunset into the low 30s.
“Once you get up farther north, it’s a pretty good bet that some snow will be sticking to the roads,” Ledbetter said. “But whether that happens in the city is pretty marginal.”
Students throughout the region are likely to wake up Monday to delayed or canceled school yet again. Monday is expected to be sunny and cold, with highs in the mid-30s.
Nor is this system necessarily winter’s last blast.
Ledbetter said forecasters are keeping their eyes on another weather system moving into the area next weekend. Early indications are that it will likely take the form of rain, he said, and temperatures locally are expected to warm up for the second half of March.
“But you never know,” he said. “We’re in Maryland, and it is still winter.”