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Maryland weather: 'Sizable' storm to hit region this week

After wintry precipitation Sunday night, the Baltimore area is in for a “potentially significant” round of snow, sleet and freezing rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATED: Maryland weather: Winter storm watch warns of 5 inches of snow, 1/4 inch of ice Wednesday »

A “pretty sizable storm” is headed for the area Tuesday night into Wednesday, potentially bringing a substantial round of wintry precipitation, according to meteorologist Dan Hofman. Though the week will start off with high temperatures near 50 degrees Monday, that will drop into the 20s Tuesday, then to just above freezing Wednesday afternoon.

Early Monday morning the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Maryland east of the Appalachians and west of the Chesapeake Bay—including North and South Baltimore—saying there could be up to five or more inches of snow. The snow will eventually turn to sleet and freezing rain.

Baltimoreans will get a precipitation break Monday, with high pressure through Tuesday bringing “dry but seasonably chilly conditions,” according to the National Weather Service.

As a stronger low pressure system moves through the Midwest on Wednesday, a coastal low pressure system will develop along the Mid-Atlantic before moving off to the northeast Wednesday night. Another low pressure system might develop by next weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

By Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service had reports of a light glaze of ice along the Maryland and Pennsylvania border, Hofman said. Freezing rain and sleet was expected mostly for areas outside Interstate 695 Sunday night, Hohman said, including Howard County, Carroll County, Northern Baltimore County and Northwest Harford County.

The weather service says that the Baltimore area can expect freezing rain mixed with sleet and snow during this time. They said total sleet and snow accumulations of less than an inch are expected with ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch.

The weather service warns to expect slippery road conditions.

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