After the Baltimore region received several inches of snow Wednesday night, more winter weather could be heading to the area this weekend.
Various types of wintry precipitation are predicted from Saturday morning through Thursday, with forecasters calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain at different points over the next five days.
“An area of low pressure sliding by to our south will bring wintry precipitation Saturday into Saturday night,” meteorologists with the National Weather Service wrote in an online discussion. They added that there could be a “lull” in precipitation as high pressure build overhead. “Another, potentially stronger, system will impact our region by Tuesday.”
Any chance for lingering snow flurries Friday dissipates after 10 a.m., though temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day, the forecasters said.
But on Saturday, the chance for winter weather returns with an 50% chance of a half an inch of snow during the day and freezing rain and sleet overnight.
“With temperatures at the surface holding in the 20s to around 30, and temperatures aloft climbing well above freezing, freezing rain appears like it may be the predominant precipitation type with this system,” forecasters wrote. “Some brief mixing with snow and sleet may be possible as well.”
Expect the flakes and frozen drops to be big Saturday, too, with forecasters prediction them to grow up to a quarter inch along the I-95 corridor. Up to an inch of snow and 0.25 inches of ice are possible.
A winter weather advisory and winter storm watch has been issued for much of Maryland from Saturday to Sunday morning. “An upgrade to a Winter Storm Warning may be needed on subsequent updates,” forecasters wrote.
The weather isn’t expected to spare Washington’s birthday, with a slight chance of snow and rain in the afternoon on Presidents Day. Any rain could turn to freezing rain as temperatures plunge into the mid-20s overnight.
Monday’s mix will culminate Tuesday, when forecasters are calling for rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet throughout the day. They said there’s an 80% chance. Temperatures may eclipse freezing, but not by much.
Looking back at the last snow storm, flakes started to fall around 9 p.m. Wednesday after about two hours of wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain in the area.
Baltimore City’s Pimlico neighborhood had recorded 4.9 inches of snow by 6:30 a.m., and Catonsville in Baltimore County had recorded 3.8 inches as of about 8 a.m. Towson and Perry Hall had around 5 inches.
BWI Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County had 2.6 inches at 7 a.m. Columbia in Howard County had 3.7 inches, and Forest Hill in Harford County had 4 inches.
The Maryland State Police said that between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, they responded to 102 crashes, 74 disabled or unattended vehicles and answered 758 calls for service.