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Two-day snowstorm could drop 6-8 inches across much of Maryland; winter storm warning in effect

Snow started falling in the Baltimore area Sunday morning in what is anticipated to be the start of a two-day storm that could drop up to a foot of snow in parts of Maryland, National Weather Service forecasters say.

Sunday could see 2 to 4 inches of snowfall in the region,and a total of 6 to 8 inches could fall over the next few days. More than a foot is possible in parts of Western Maryland.

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A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The storm, meteorologists said, could turn into a full-blown nor’easter in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Precipitation is likely to taper off heading into Sunday evening, but some freezing rain is expected overnight.

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Snowfall totals in the 1-to-2 inch range were recorded around the Baltimore area Sunday afternoon.

As of 1 p.m., 1.6 inches of snow had fallen at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

About 1.5 inches were recorded in Baltimore City’s Pimlico neighborhood shortly after noon. At 1 p.m., 1.5 inches of snow were recorded in Perry Hall in Baltimore County and at 2 p.m., 2 inches were recorded a bit further north in Long Green.

As of about 1 p.m., 1.9 inches had fallen in Ellicott City, and 1.5 in Columbia.

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About 2 inches had fallen in Chelsea Beach in Anne Arundel County by 1:30 p.m.

About 7 inches were recorded in McHenry in Garrett County at 12:30 p.m., the most of anywhere in Maryland.

Closures sprung up Sunday, as the Maryland Zoo, Fort McHenry and the American Visionary Art Museum all announced they’d be shuttered for the day. The zoo will also be closed Monday, according to its Twitter account.

Certain coronavirus vaccination and testing locations have closed for both Sunday and Monday, including Anne Arundel County Department of Health sites and sites at the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland, Baltimore. Baltimore County vaccination appointments have been canceled for Monday and automatically rescheduled for the same time on Wednesday.

Marylanders with coronavirus testing or vaccine appointments should check with their provider before venturing out, Mike Ricci, spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, wrote in a tweet.

Baltimore City has extended its Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration through Tuesday morning. There have been 10 cold-related deaths in Baltimore City so far this season, according to the city’s Department of Health. Residents in need of cold weather services are encouraged to call 211 or 311.

Hogan urged Maryland families to be ready, since the snow could fall until Tuesday.

“Our crews will be out 24 hours a day until the roads are clear — please give them plenty of space to safely operate, and avoid travel if possible,” Hogan wrote on Twitter.

Maryland Department of Transportation crews have spread up to 387,000 tons of rock salt on the roads in preparation for the storm, according to a tweet from Ricci.

The storm is expected to bring the year’s first significant snowfall to Maryland and the Baltimore region, followed by sleet, rain and more snow Monday.

It could be the first big snowstorm in the Baltimore area in almost two years. The last big storm was in late February 2019, when 4.5 inches fell at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Annapolis is expected to get 6 to 8 inches, as are Baltimore, Columbia and Catonsville. Bel Air is expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow by the time the storm ends.

The region will see high temperatures in the low 30s Sunday, and snow is likely to be at its steadiest in the afternoon. Overnight, freezing rain could mix with snow at times, and an additional 1 to 2 inches could accumulate.

More freezing rain is in the forecast for Monday morning, followed by snow and sleet. An extra inch could accumulate. Snow is also likely Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Public schools in Carroll and Anne Arundel counties will be closed Monday, though not because of the forecast. Feb. 1 had been scheduled in Carroll as an “end of marking period” day for teachers and in Anne Arundel as a professional development day.

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