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Maryland weather: Icy conditions likely Tuesday morning after several inches of snowfall in the Baltimore region

After several inches of snowfall in much of the Baltimore area, and temperatures in the 20s overnight, officials are warning of icy conditions Tuesday morning.

“As the temperatures drop tonight, icy roads and slippery spots could follow, after today’s snowfall. Crews will work throughout the night to treat the roads” the State Highway Administration said in a tweet. “Please stay home if possible and allow crews to safely clear roads.”

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Public schools in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, among others, will be closed Tuesday. Public schools in Harford and Baltimore counties will open two hours late. Several government-run coronavirus testing and vaccination sites in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Harford will open at noon instead of earlier in the morning.

Baltimore City officials instituted a Code Blue Extreme Cold alert for Monday night into Tuesday morning with temperatures poised to plunge well below freezing. City-funded homeless shelters were sheltering in place, and private shelters were encouraged to extend hours and keep individuals indoors.

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Monday’s storm dumped more than a foot of snow on some parts of Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland, while Carroll County received a dusting, with less than an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow, which began before 6 a.m. Monday and lasted until midafternoon, caused havoc at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. At least 256 flights were canceled amid the storm, according to data from FlightAware.

As of early Monday evening, about 50,000 customers were without power, down from more than 70,000 in the afternoon, according to a database from the Maryland Department of Emergency Management.

Maryland State Police said that from 3:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., the agency responded to 199 crashes and 237 disabled vehicles and answered 810 calls for service.

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The weather service said that as of late afternoon, Baltimore City’s Pimlico neighborhood saw 3.2 inches of snowfall and 6.8 inches were reported at the airport, the first traces of snow detected at the airport since the winter began. In parts of Howard County, including Columbia and Elkridge, more than 6 inches had fallen. Baltimore County saw 7.9 inches in Edgemere and 4.9 inches in Middle River. Meanwhile, in Carroll County’s Eldersburg, 0.9 of an inch was recorded, and in Anne Arundel County, Churchton had 12.5 inches and Crofton 10.1.

A spotter in Huntingtown in Calvert County recorded the most accumulation in the state with 15.5 inches by 2:15 p.m., according to the weather service.

The State Highway Administration said it deployed more than 2,100 pieces of equipment and their crews to help clear snow from roads across the state.

A winter storm warning expired at 4 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, more snow is expected in the Baltimore area between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Forecasters said potential accumulation totals for that storm remained uncertain and that warmer air could contribute to a wintry mix.

Many COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics across the state, including in Baltimore, were closed due to the inclement weather but are expected to reopen as scheduled Tuesday.

“We want people to be safe,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said at a Monday morning news conference. “We can’t have people traveling in bad weather, and we don’t want people hurt trying to do that.”

Monday night the Maryland Department of Health announced that several testing and vaccination sites would be operating from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday instead of beginning in the morning as normal. They are the one in Annapolis at Calvert and Bladen streets and the sites at Anne Arundel Medical Center, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health and City of Praise Family Ministries in Prince George’s County. Baltimore City’s State Center will be offering tests and vaccines as schedules, although at-home tests won’t be offered.

James Horsey cleans off his car in the 700 block of E. Cold Spring Lane after several inches of snow fell in the Baltimore area.
James Horsey cleans off his car in the 700 block of E. Cold Spring Lane after several inches of snow fell in the Baltimore area. (Amy Davis)

The winter weather followed an unseasonably mild Sunday, with a high temperature of 65 degrees for Baltimore.

Snow began falling Monday morning as temperatures dipped to 33 degrees — the high for the day.

Temperatures are forecast to continue falling Monday evening and Tuesday morning, with wind gusts up to 20 mph, the weather service said.

“Temperatures will fall through the 20s in most places before reaching the lower to middle teens later tonight,” forecasters wrote. “These cold temperatures will allow for untreated roads to freeze and become very icy, especially since we have seen a few hours of sunlight across most of the region.”

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