A coating of snow in the Baltimore area overnight closed a number of public school systems and weather officials warn that slick roads could cause dangerous driving conditions for Wednesday’s commutes.
Snow continued to fall during the morning rush, but had dissipated in the Baltimore metro area by 9 a.m.
Schools in Baltimore City, and in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are now closed after they initially announced they would open two hours late.
About a half-inch of snow fell on the Interstate 95 corridor, with accumulation of up to an inch in some areas. An inch to two inches is possible north and west of Baltimore, in northern Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties, meteorologists said.
All of Central Maryland was under a winter weather advisory through Wednesday morning.
By 9 a.m., snow had ended across the majority of Maryland.
Weather spotters for the National Weather Service reported about three inches in Western Maryland, a touch more than one inch in the Baltimore metro area, and one inch at Baltimore Washington/Thurgood Marshall International Airport.
Meteorologists had initially forecast slightly more snow lasting into midday Wednesday. But an updated forecast Tuesday evening indicated the front moving through would be drier, resulting in less accumulation, said Ray Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“It’s not going to be able to squeeze out the kind of snow we expected,” Martin said.
The snow showers came along a cold front. After a high of 40 degrees Tuesday, temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing again until Thursday.
Wednesday is expected to be about 29 degrees, with a 10 mph to 14 mph northwest wind and gusts as high as 22 mph, making it feel significantly colder.
“If this threat does materialize during the Wednesday morning rush-hour, many roads could quickly turn icy,” the weather service said. “This could lead to dangerous traveling conditions, multiple accidents, and extensive delays. If commuting Wednesday morning, be aware of the POSSIBILITY of significant travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation and telework options.”