1-3 inches of snow reported around region, closing schools

The National Weather Service reported 1-3 inches of snow around the Baltimore area Thursday morning, with the highest totals in Anne Arundel County.

In Annapolis, 3 inches of snow were reported. Higher totals were reported in Southern Maryland, with as much as 5 inches in Charles County and 6.6 inches in St. Mary's County.


Winter weather advisories across the region expired or were canceled by noon, though untreated roads could remain slippery and evening flurries are possible.

All of the Baltimore metro area's public school systems closed on Thursday. A number of other school systems around the state, as well as Salisbury University, closed to students. Other colleges, including the University of Maryland and the Community College of Baltimore County, planned to open late. Find updated info on closings and delays at


The snow came from a storm that brought wintry precipitation from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana to Virginia and North Carolina. Winter storm warnings meanwhile remain in effect for the Lower Eastern Shore until 4 p.m., with 3-6 inches of accumulation expected.

Most of the Baltimore area received an inch or two of snow. Totals included 1.4 inches in White Marsh, 1 inch in Westminster, 2 inches in Columbia and 1 inch at Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to the weather service.

Though temperatures turned relatively warmer Wednesday afternoon, cold returned overnight, with a low of 28 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The airport reached 37 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

With cold continuing into the weekend, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen extended a "Code Blue" advisory until 1 p.m. Saturday. The designation opens up extra beds in homeless shelters and coordinates efforts to bring the homeless in from the cold.

Thursday's and Friday's highs are expected to be around 30 degrees, with overnight lows in the teens. Saturday may not break out of the 20s, but with mostly sunny skies, and early morning lows Sunday could approach the single digits.

Temperatures are expected to warm to the upper 30s Sunday afternoon, and another chance of rain and snow is expected Sunday night.