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Winter storm likely to bring 1-3 inches of snow, becoming rain in Baltimore by early Tuesday morning

Forecasters are warning of potential snow and ice this week as two winter storms move through the area.

The rain expected Monday night — combined with near-freezing temperatures — is likely to turn into a wintry mix and could leave 1-3 inches of snow, plus 0.1 inches of ice, and becoming all rain by 3 a.m. early Tuesday, potentially making roads and sidewalks treacherous, the weather service said.

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“Any slight change in those temperatures will have a big impact on precipitation type and precipitation amounts,” said Dan Hofmann, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The weather service expanded its winter weather advisory Monday afternoon to include Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, along with the rest of the jurisdictions in the Baltimore region. The advisory lasts until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said snow accumulations will “be minor, but ice accumulation will be a bigger problem,” according to office spokesperson Mike Ricci.

“Icing of 0.05-0.20″ is possible as far east as I-95 corridor, so morning commute could be tricky. We are focused on salting, ice in elevated areas, prepping for issues with power lines and trees,” Ricci said in a tweet late Monday night.

A more severe winter storm warning is in effect for Garrett and Allegany counties in Western Maryland until 7 a.m. Tuesday. There, snow could accumulate up to 3 inches, and ice up to 0.4 inches. Forecasters warn the ice could cause damage to power lines, and that the commutes on Monday evening and Tuesday morning could be “hazardous.”

In the Baltimore area, rain is likely on Tuesday, mostly early in the morning. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible, according to the National weather service.

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There is a slight chance of rain before 1 a.m. with calm winds around 5 mph going, but mostly Wednesday will be partly sunny, before more precipitation moves into the region Wednesday night.

Temperatures are looking cold enough for snow, but it’s a bit too early to tell, meteorologist Brandon Fling said.

Last year, there wasn’t much snow in Baltimore in January. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport measured just 1.5 inches the whole month. But January has been a big month for snowfall in recent years. In 2016, a late-in-the-month snowstorm dumped a record-breaking 29.2 inches of snow at BWI.

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