After temperatures climbed close to 50 degrees Tuesday, a cold front is pushing into the area, along with gusty winds, and wind chill temperatures Wednesday morning could be in the single digits or teens, according to the National Weather Service.
The next chance for wintry precipitation is late Wednesday night, when there’s a 70% chance of snow after midnight.
A winter storm watch will be in effect from 3 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday for much of the state. Forecasters say 5 or more inches could accumulate, plus a quarter of an inch of ice.
“Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible,” the alert reads.
The low end predictions are closer to 2 to 3 inches for Baltimore, but the high end prediction suggests the Baltimore area could get 6 to 8 inches.
The snow is likely to continue into Thursday morning, but in the afternoon it could turn into rain or a wintry mix.
Thursday night, forecasters are calling for a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet. Friday, there’s likely to be more snow with a chance of rain.
“The potential combination of significant accumulating snow followed by significant ice accumulation does raise some concerns and bears close monitoring the next couple of days,” reads a National Weather Service forecast.