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Maryland weather: Snow showers continue as storm system leaves the Baltimore area, 1-2 more inches possible

Occasional snow showers are likely in the Baltimore region Tuesday, forecasters say, and could bring anything from a dusting to 1-2 more inches of snow.

Bands of precipitation are moving along the I-95 corridor as the storm system moves out of the area, according to the National Weather Service. Showers will gradually wind down through tonight.

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Baltimore City isn’t expected get much more snow accumulation, but parts of the surrounding counties could get around an inch.

Tuesday should be another brisk day, with high temperatures in the low to mid-30s and wind gusts up to 30 mph.

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A winter weather advisory for much of the are has been extended through 1 p.m. Tuesday.

By 1 a.m. Tuesday, there were 3.9 inches of snow on the ground at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

As of the last measurement on Monday, 4.2 inches were recorded in Baltimore City’s Pimlico neighborhood and in Baltimore County 6 inches were recorded in Reisterstown. Elkridge in Howard County saw about 4.7 inches.

About 20.5 inches were recorded in Sabillasville in Frederick County by 5:30 p.m. Monday, the most of anywhere in Maryland.

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The start of Monday’s snowfall was delayed a bit, and sporadic throughout the day, which meant there was little to no accumulation throughout the Baltimore region.

But forecasters expect up to an inch of snow will accumulate Tuesday, though National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Souza said Monday night that it could reach 2 inches, depending on where you’re located.

“The longer we go in time, the more the main storm intensifies off the coast of New Jersey that is moving up toward New England,” Souza said. “Which makes it less of a possibility of the Baltimore region to get more snow.”

Even though sleet and freezing rain could mix with snow at times, there is no expected ice accumulation, forecasters said.

From 8 a.m. Sunday through about 5 a.m. Monday, the Maryland State Police responded to 505 crashes, 245 unattended or disabled cars and 1,799 calls for service. It said all Maryland counties but St. Mary’s, Wicomico and Worcester have snow emergency plans in effect.

Tuesday morning in Queen Anne’s County, a crash downed wires at MD 303 and MD 309, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Marylanders are still advised to stay off the roads if possible, “at least through the first part of the day until road conditions on secondary and residential streets have improved,” according to a Tuesday morning tweet from the highway administration.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported the only known fatality in the state related to the inclement weather.

The preliminary investigation indicates the driver and two passengers of an Ecology Service Recycle Disposal Company vehicle were working their route and traveling westbound on Ira Sears Road in Adamstown when the driver failed to negotiate a curve on the ice- and snow-covered roadway. The truck slid off the road and overturned.

The driver and passenger suffered minor injuries,but Mark Steven Williams, 64, of Frederick, was riding on the back of the truck at the time of the incident and was pinned under the overturned vehicle. He was pronounced him dead at the scene.

The rest of the week is expected to have slightly milder temperatures with a chance of rain, and possibly more snow through the weekend.

“Another system could bring a light wintry mix to the area Thursday night into Friday, with a potentially more substantial system bringing another snow threat Sunday,” according to the National Weather Service.

Early next week, it’s likely to be very cold, with “dangerously low wind chill temperatures possible,” according to the weather service.

Matthew W. Garbark, Baltimore City’s acting director of the Department of Public Works, announced Monday night that trash and recycling collection for Tuesday will be postponed until Saturday because of the storm.

“Our top priority must always be the safety of our workers and with more severe weather and temperatures expected overnight we want to do our part and stay off the roads to help City crews get streets cleared so residents can get moving safely again,” Garbark said.

The Northwest Transfer Station and Quarantine Road Landfill will be open to the public Tuesday.

Certain coronavirus vaccination and testing locations are scheduled to be closed Tuesday. They include the Baltimore City Health Department’s testing site at the Zeta Center and the Charles County Department of Health site at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott urged residents to stay inside their homes and off the roads, and to help neighbors clear snow or obtain necessary supplies.

“Avoid the roads as much as you can so roads can be treated and plowed,” Scott said at a news conference Sunday. “I encourage you to be a kind neighbor and ensure that the sidewalks outside of your home are shoveled and salted and if you live next to an older adult or someone that needs help, please assist them.”

Crews have been working rotating 12-hour shifts during the storm, Steve Sharkey, director of the city’s Department of Transportation, said at a news conference Monday.

“We’re going to be continuing to focus on bridges, overpasses, [interstate] 83 — or the JFX — as those can freeze,” Sharkey said.

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