Severe thunderstorms capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts were passing through the Baltimore region Thursday afternoon. Anne Arundel County and most of Howard County were under severe thunderstorm warnings through 4:45 p.m.
A tornado with 90 mph winds touched down in the Monkton area Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed Sunday. Residents described "sudden, chaotic" winds as severe thunderstorms passed through.
A strong low-pressure system is forecast to bring as much as 2 inches of rain and chances for severe thunderstorms across Maryland on Friday. Then, unsettled and potentially dreary weather is forecast for the weekend.
Maryland officials are holding a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning at 9:45. The National Weather Service and Maryland Emergency Management Agency encourage schools, businesses and families to participate by discussing and practicing tornado emergency plans.
Dry weather and strong winds are creating enhanced risks for brush fires across Maryland on Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologists said. A "red flag" warning is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. across most of the state.
In Baltimore this winter, it snowed often, but little. The annual snowfall tally at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from November through March was 18.2 inches. That is about 2 1/2 inches below the long-term average for seasonal snowfall here, going back to 1891.
An inch or more of rain is forecast to fall across the Baltimore region Thursday as a low-pressure system moves up the East Coast, potentially strengthening into a storm known as a "bomb cyclone," meteorologists said.
City residents and those farther south could see just a few inches, while a winter storm warning is in effect beginning at noon for Carroll County and at 2 p.m. for northern Baltimore and Harford counties, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The thin layer of snow blanketing Carroll County will likely be erased by rain this evening, forecasters say. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Carroll from 7 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday, but no serious precipitation is expected, they say.
Strong winds Sunday night and throughout Monday downed trees, caused power outages and damaged homes across Carroll County. The gusts peaked at approximately 57 mph Sunday night, but were recorded at 46 mph at daybreak Monday, said Howard Silverman, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
After a storm dumped 5 inches of snow and a glaze of ice around Baltimore on Wednesday, fits and starts of spring are in the forecast. But even though March marks the beginning of meteorological spring, more snow could be ahead.