Hermine weakened to a tropical storm, but continues to move up the Atlantic coast Friday, and is expected to bring rain to Central Maryland Saturday evening through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
About 300 customers of Baltimore's water system remained without service Friday with the threat of a continued breakdown of the antiquated infrastructure as temperatures were expected to remain below freezing through mid-Saturday.
Several Baltimore-area schools systems and governments dismissed early Tuesday, and transportation workers began salting roads around noon, in anticipation of another bout of freezing rain forecast in the evening.
Sheets of ice up to a foot thick have crippled small boats, prevented night docking at the port of Baltimore and kept one Coast Guard cutter busy tending to stranded Chesapeake Bay islanders for more than a week straight amid this month's freeze, the worst in decades.
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Two people died in the cold in Baltimore last week, and with another blast of frigid air and snow in the forecast, the city's Health Department has declared an "extended" Code Blue advisory, expanding homeless services from Thursday through Monday.
Just like last week, the snowstorm headed for the Northeast Sunday will most likely skip blanketing Maryland with heavy snow, however those heading to Super Bowl parties should take note that the Baltimore area may still have to contend with some wintry precipitation.