The final hours of winter are forecast to bring the same wintry weather that has marked the season this year.
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the greater Baltimore area, with a mix of snow and rain that will begin before dawn. Snow is expected to taper off by midday Friday, the first day of spring. The morning commute may be affected in some parts.
NWS meteorologist Dan Hofmann said that officials are monitoring two possible scenarios from weather system that will likely bring winter weather into the region after midnight.
The first scenario could likely bring 1-2 inches of snow in Baltimore City and 2-3 inches of snow to the west and north. Hoffman said the snowfall should start around 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. but will not likely yield significant accumulation once the ground is warmed from the sunrise.
"This time of year, the sun is at a higher angle, and sun streaks could get through the clouds and heat the ground," said Hofmann. "Our best forecast is 1-2 inches for Baltimore City, mainly [accumulations] on grass and slightly more snow headed north and west of downtown."
The second scenario, which Hofmann said is less likely, would bring 3-4 inches of snow to Baltimore City and 4 inches to the north and west if snowfall begins around midnight.
In any event, snow is expected to change over to rain, Hofmann said.