Wintry cold is in the forecast for Baltimore this month, and meteorologists say that could mean a chance for some snow showers as early as Monday or Tuesday.

The first blast of frigid air is forecast by the end of this week. High temperatures are expected to only reach the mid-40s, about 10-15 degrees colder than normal for this time of year, on Friday and Saturday.


A system riding ahead of that cold front is forecast to dust New England with snow Thursday night and Friday, and some of that wintry precipitation could reach Western Maryland. AccuWeather.com said the storm could be “disruptive,” but not major, with a blanket of snow likely across northern and western Pennsylvania, southern New York and southern New England by Friday morning.

But National Weather Service forecasters don’t expect the frigid air to move in quick enough for Central Maryland to receive anything but some chilly rain.

Then, another slug of Arctic air is forecast to move in at the beginning of next week — and it could be even colder. Light precipitation is forecast as it moves in Monday, and it could fall as snow, especially at higher elevations north and west of the Baltimore region — but also along the Interstate 95 corridor, potentially.

The weather service is calling for slight chances of snow Monday night or Tuesday morning in the Baltimore region, with weather models suggesting 30-40% chances for up to an inch.

Meteorologists said Wednesday the prospect of snow here “certainly needs to be watched, especially if the timing ends up being closer to morning rush hour on Tuesday."

It could mean Baltimore’s earliest snowfall in decades — even earlier than some late fall snow in 2018. Last year, Baltimore experienced its heaviest November snowfall since 1989, when 1.7 inches fell Nov. 15.

November snowfall is not uncommon in the Baltimore region, though it’s usually light. The region has seen at least a trace of November snow in more than two out of every three years on record.

Climate forecasts suggest a cold trend could continue for the eastern United States into the following week, too, so there could be more snow chances where that came from.