A winter storm watch is in effect for all of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay, cautioning of chances for 5 inches or more of snow overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. But uncertainty remains, preventing forecasters from making precise snowfall estimates.
The Baltimore region should see mostly sunny skies on Monday, with temperatures reaching the low-40s, but snow is in the forecast for this week, according to the National Weather Service. More than five inches could accumulate across the region.
If a predicted chance at snow again fails to materialize next week, Baltimore could be wrapping up a record two-year snow drought. No back-to-back winters have posted as little snow as last winter and this winter, to date, since 1883.
Temperatures reached the mid-50s across the region Wednesday afternoon, but forecasters cautioned against expecting more springlike weather just yet as they predict more cold and possible snow chances ahead.
February could come close to being the second colder-than-normal month in Baltimore in two years, but the meteorological winter is likely to be among the 30 mildest on record for the region when it ends Thursday, according to National Weather Service data.
As much as a quarter inch of ice could coat surfaces in Western Maryland on Tuesday, making for "extremely hazardous" travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected liquid in Central Maryland, though, raising flooding concerns.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that a system dumping as much as 2 feet of snow across the Plains states will bring an inch or less of snow to Maryland on Friday, along with a mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain.
Forecasters are watching another possible mess of a light wintry mix on Friday. As the window for a big snowfall narrows, though, at least one forecaster still sees favorable snow chances in the weeks ahead.
A consequence of the Presidents Day blizzard of 2003 that swept into Maryland and dumped 26.8 inches of snow on Baltimore before blowing itself out, was the partial collapse of the roof of the B & O Railroad Museum's 1884 roundhouse that also damaged part of its historic collection of locomotives and cars.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
A quick hit of thick, wet snowflakes mixed with rain dusted the Baltimore area with another light snow -- 2 inches at the most -- as snow lovers continue waiting for the region's first significant winter storm in at least two years.
Major coastal snowstorms, the kind known to bury the Northeast this time of year, have been rare so far this winter. One expected to sweep over New England at the end of the week is expected to mostly miss the Baltimore area.
This morning's light snowfall came as a surprise to many and snarled the morning commute, and more systems like it could be on the way over the next week, forecasters say. Signs aren't pointing to any major storms, though.
Snow is in the forecast for Central Maryland on Thursday, but is expected to spare northern and western counties of more wintry weather -- instead coming up from the south. It could make for a treacherous evening commute, but is proving difficult for forecasters to call precisely.
The National Weather Service issued a snow and sleet advisory for Monday afternoon and evening for a sizable swath of the Baltimore area, warning motorists that roads may be slippery and visibility limited.
State highway officials are urging motorists heading north and west for the holidays to be cautious, given blizzard conditions expected in some areas. In the Baltimore area, meanwhile, residents are being asked to prepare for possible wind-related power outages.