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Weekend snow forecast to be light, but more storm chances ahead

Snowfall forecast for the Baltimore area this weekend is expected to be light, but forecasters are meanwhile eyeing storm chances ahead next week.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 60 percent chance of snow Saturday afternoon, with accumulations of less than an inch around the region, and then 40 percent chances of snow with only slight accumulations possible on Sunday.

Light snow is also possible overnight Sunday into the Monday morning commute.

All are expected to be quickly passing systems bringing a dusting or little more.

But forecasters are meanwhile watching models projecting a possible storm bringing moisture up the coast, potentially making for heavy snow or rain toward the end of next week. meteorologist Henry Margusity predicts snow for the Appalachians but rain to the east as the storm moves up the coast, he writes on his blog.

Weather service meteorologists writing in a forecast discussion suggest it's possible that the storm hugs the coast, but it could also be ejected out into the Atlantic, making it too soon to predict how much or what kind of precipitation could fall.

But one forecasting model, the European model, has suggested a significant snowstorm around Thursday. 

"This storm will probably come and go a half-dozen times in the models between now and next week," local meteorologist "Eric the Red" wrote in an e-mail.

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