Nor'easter forecasts back off snow chances for Maryland

Forecasts that had been predicting inland snow to reach the Baltimore area have since backed off, expecting a nor'easter to track well enough off the coast to spare the region -- but not the coastline.

Rain is in the forecast Wednesday for Maryland, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Snow should stay to our northeast, bringing a dusting or up to a few inches from Philadelphia to Boston. The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office is predicting less than an inch of snow mixed in with the rain for western and southern parts of the Baltimore region and about an inch possible in Harford and Cecil counties.

The storm could be most impactful for the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. The heaviest snow Wednesday is expected across central and Northern New Jersey and the metropolitan New York area, according to the center's forecast maps.

Coastlines from Maryland to Cape Cod can expect gusts up to 60 mph and heavy surf on beaches that Sandy already eroded significantly. A coastal flood watch and gale warning are in effect in Ocean City, according to the National Weather Service.

Foot's Forecast had been among the weather watchers most bullish on Maryland's snow chances, expecting as much as 4-6 inches at BWI Airport. But one important model took the storm further to the east Monday night, meaning no inland precipitation in Maryland, spokesman Aaron Salter said in a tweet.'s Henry Margusity joined others in shifting the expected footprint of snow to the east. AccuWeather is predicting an area with 1-3 inches of snow could stretch from Cecil and Kent counties through the Philadelphia area and into New England.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office is expecting rain showers mostly in the afternoon and evening Wednesday but with accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch in the Baltimore area.

The storm is expected to form off of Cape Hatteras today, strengthening as it moves to the northeast through Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned for adjustments to the forecast as it develops.

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