Cold weather is rolling in throughout the Baltimore region before a high impact snowstorm sweeps through the area.
The National Weather Service said the overnight low Monday will be around 28 degrees with wind chills ranging from the mid-20s.
Tuesday’s weather, though, will likely be mild, with sunny skies and a high of 41 and low around 27 degrees before the region could see a wintry mix, the weather service said.
Parts of Carroll County and Western Maryland already saw snowflakes in advance of more intense winter weather forecast for Wednesday.
About 0.2 of an inch had fallen in Taneytown as of noon Monday, and parts of Garrett County — Maryland’s westernmost jurisdiction — received between 2 and 3 inches Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Carroll County Public Schools closed one hour early Monday due to the snowfall, although only a small number of students are receiving in-person instruction. Virtual lessons continued for the full day as planned.
Much of the Baltimore area only saw rain Monday, with 1.17 inches falling at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport,
A daily record rainfall of 1.24 inches was set in at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, breaking the mark of 0.96 from 1999.
Now the focus turns to snow.
The current “bullseye” for snow accumulation is in Carroll and Frederick counties, which could get between 12 inches and 18 inches of snow Wednesday, according to the weather service. But major metro areas in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., could get anywhere from 2 inches to 4 inches of snow.
Gov. Larry Hogan said in a tweet Sunday that he is “closely monitoring” the weather and urged Marylanders to keep an eye on the forecasts. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is also preparing for the potential winter storm.