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Carroll County can expect two rounds of wintry precipitation to start next week

Westbound traffic enters Carroll County along Md. 140 in Finksburg as snow begins to accumulate in Westminster on Jan. 29, 2019.
Westbound traffic enters Carroll County along Md. 140 in Finksburg as snow begins to accumulate in Westminster on Jan. 29, 2019. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times file)

Carroll County can expect to experience a 48-hour period of wintry precipitation starting early Monday morning, forecasters say.

Temperatures were expected to drop Friday and remain low through Monday before warming up some Tuesday, said Luis Rosa, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

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With a cold front coming in to clear out the relatively warm weather, temperatures will likely drop from about 50 degrees midday Friday to around 30 Friday night and to around 20 Saturday night, said Keith Krichinsky, executive director of Foot’s Forecast. A blocking high pressure front moving in over New England will trap cold air here, he added.

The first wintry mix will probably move into the area Sunday night, with precipitation beginning sometime after midnight, Rosa said. The precipitation will likely be a combination of light snow, sleet and, perhaps, some freezing rain, he added.

That storm is coming from the Great Lakes in the Midwest, Krichinsky said. And as of Friday, it looks like it’s going to be a “slop fest.”

Unlike other recent west-to-east storms, this one is not expected to move up the Appalachian Mountains; rather it will continue east, Krichinsky explained. How far east it goes, and whether it parks itself over Maryland, will determine how much wintry weather the region experiences, he added.

Citizens can expect something of a lull in the precipitation during the day Monday before the second round of wintry weather rears its head, Rosa said.

Monday night’s mix will likely feature more precipitation, most of it in the form of freezing rain because temperatures are expected to begin to climb, he said.

Krichinsky warned of chalking up this winter as a “bust.” The forecaster said they are looking at other weather events later next week.

Winter is about halfway through, Krichinsky said, and that means half still remains.

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