Winter weather is returning to Maryland this weekend, and could bring a pair of chances for ice and snow Sunday night into early next week.
Friday began as a sixth straight day of mild conditions around Baltimore, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees by 11 a.m. But temperatures are forecast to slide into the 40s by nightfall.
Highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s are forecast for the weekend.
Mary Beth Haller, interim commissioner of the Baltimore Health Department, declared a “Code Blue” advisory Friday night into early Saturday morning, when lows are forecast in the lower 20s.
A pair of wet weather systems are expected to move through, the first one arriving Sunday night. Snow and rain are forecast as a cold front passes across the region into Monday morning.
A low pressure system is forecast to bring a bigger burst of moisture Monday night into Tuesday morning, with temperatures forecast to be on the borderline of freezing. That could create some icy precipitation, said Luis Rosa, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office.
“It could be a little bit of everything,” Rosa said. “Snow, ice and rain.”
Thus far, 2019 has brought some weather extremes to Maryland, with temperatures as warm as 61 degrees on New Year’s Day and as cold as 5 degrees Jan. 31. Just a week into the month, February has already seen a low of 8 degrees and a high of 71.
Climate forecasts suggest another mild trend is possible across the eastern United States around the middle of the month.
But for now, Rosa said, “Winter is returning.”