Hundreds gathered at Ruck Towson Funeral Home to celebrate the life of Orioles great Paul Blair, a smiling, always-chatting Gold Glove center fielder who helped lead Baltimore to four World Series and two world championships.
The tail end of a winter storm brought some sprinkles of sleet and snow to Maryland on Wednesday on top of heavy rains, but few travel disruptions were reported outside of New England despite concerns of chaotic pre-Thanksgiving transportation.
Temperatures were forecast to rise into the mid-40s by Wednesday morning in the Baltimore area as rain continues, but gusty winds and possible snowflakes could still blow in by the afternoon to again slow those traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Icy and snowy conditions could bookend a storm that is otherwise expected to dump heavy rains on busy pre-Thanksgiving travel days Tuesday and Wednesday in Maryland and many parts of the eastern United States.
More Maryland residents are planning holiday trips than last year, and most are traveling by automobile despite local gas prices that are the highest they have ever been at this time of year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
A AAA Mid-Atlantic survey to be released Friday indicates that most Maryland residents with travel plans — 91 percent — will be going by car. About 883,000 travelers — or roughly one in six residents — are going somewhere for the holiday, according to the survey.
The Bay Bridge is the largest potential bottleneck for the Memorial Day weekend, with more than 1.8 million motorists expected to swarm Maryland toll facilities from Friday to Monday as part of the unofficial start of summer.
The end of the war in Iraq had sent thousands of military service members home just in time for the holidays. Many pass through Baltimore Washington International Airport, before returning to families and, often, babies born while they were away.