A winter storm watch is in effect across Central Maryland, warning of chances for 3 to 6 inches of wet, heavy snow and as much as a quarter of an inch of ice through Wednesday. The National Weather Service said there is potential for "significant snowfall" and then sleet and ice.
This year, having recorded 84.56 inches of rain in the gauge in his backyard, Catonsville resident Tom Atkins may have broken a state record that will be recognized by the National Weather Service for the most rainfall measured in one location during a calendar year in Maryland.
A rainy and snowy system left significant ice accumulations around Maryland by Tuesday afternoon, including a quarter of an inch in northern parts of the Baltimore region. After a brief warming, another slushy mess could be on the way for the weekend.
Winter weather is returning to Maryland on Friday, and could bring a pair of chances for ice and snow Sunday night into early next week. After five straight days of mild conditions, temperatures are forecast to plummet throughout the day Friday.
Temperatures hit 71 degrees around Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, a rare but not unprecedented bout of winter warmth, meteorologists said. But some periods of colder weather and snow are in the short-term forecast.
Snow showers tapered off by the end of the Friday evening commute around Baltimore, but meteorologists warned conditions could remain treacherous on roadways into Saturday morning after days under the chill of the polar vortex. Then, a significant warm-up is in the forecast.
While only slight accumulations, if any, were reported along the Interstate 95 corridor in the Baltimore area, meteorologists cautioned that falling temperatures could freeze any wet or slushy pavement overnight.
Last year was Baltimore's wettest calendar year on record, but a month into 2019, the region is still raising the bar for the most precipitation in a 365-day period. There was 73.81 inches of precipitation at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the 365 days ending Sunday
The Maryland Department of Transportation is warning people of a potentially dangerous afternoon commuting situation Tuesday, as forecasters call for snow and ice for the Baltimore and Carroll regions.
In light of extreme cold in the forecast, the Carroll County Cold Weather Shelter will stay open from Saturday through Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, serving as a community warming center on Monday.
A small amount of snow overnight Thursday will end Friday, before a significant storm moves in Saturday evening, forecasters say. A wintry mix overnight Saturday will turn to rain Sunday morning before temperatures plummet — the perfect conditions for a flash freeze complete with black ice.
This weekend's snowfall might have simply marked the start of an active winter weather pattern for Maryland. Long-range weather models were predicting a potent storm could form in the Southeast and move up the East Coast next weekend.
National Weather Service observer Bobby Miller recorded 79.65 inches of rain for 2018. Miller’s previous record was 63.48 inches in 2011. Though the unrelenting precipitation has yet to produce much snow, it very well still could, said Keith Krichinsky, director of Foot's Forecast.
Fireworks visibility might be low, and you might want to seek cover from intermittent rain, but New Year’s Eve night is expected to be in the 50s in Baltimore — and New Year’s Day could get up to nearly 60, according to the National Weather Service.
Flooding is possible in Baltimore and along the Interstate 95 corridor Friday, meteorologists warned, as one more rainstorm adds to a record 2018 precipitation total. An inch or two of rain is expected to fall during the day Friday. A flood watch is in effect along I-95.
You can't mention 2018 without talking about weather. Intense precipitation washed out roads, softened soils and down trees. Festival goers were forced to turn elsewhere for entertainment on multiple occasions, as iconic Carroll County events were rained out. And a tornado tore through Mount Airy.
More heavy rain is expected over much of Maryland heading into the weekend as the wettest year on record continues. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Thursday, Dec. 20, for all of the state except extreme Western Maryland and parts of the lower Eastern Shore.
Baltimore is overdue for a white Christmas, but it will have to wait at least another year. Sunshine and seasonably chilly temperatures are forecast next week. Snow hasn't fallen on Christmas Day here since 2010, when a trace of snowflakes was observed.