Heavy snow expected starting Monday evening

Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram has your latest snow forecast. (WJZ)

Meteorologists expect wet, heavy snow to begin between 8 and 10 p.m. Monday and to continue into Tuesday.

It's not uncommon for us to get snowstorms in March or April but one of this magnitude is slightly unusual for this time of year," said Foot's Forecast Executive Director Keith Krichinsky.


Krichinsky said he expects 2 or more inches of snow per hour.

"We have a potential snowfall greater than 12 inches with heavier snow possible," Krichinsky said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann described the expected snowfall as "a pretty significant late season storm." Hofmann expects 8 to 14 inches of snow Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossio also expects around 1 foot of accumulation.

"It should wind down around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon," Rossio said.

Rossio expects winds up to 15 to 25 miles per hour with "some blowing and drifting."

Krichinsky said the heavy, wet snow might cause power outages due to accumulation on tree limbs and power lines.

"Some roads may be impassable because it will take a while to clear," Krichinsky said. "I also encourage people to use extreme caution when shoveling snow because it will be very heavy."

Accumulating snowfalls in March are not unheard of, especially following particularly mild winters.

According to the National Weather Service, this past meteorological winter period (December through February), was the third warmest on record in the Washington, D.C. area. The only warmer winters were 1931-32 and 1889-90. The area saw a 3-inch snowfall on March 6 and 7, 1932 and a 4-inch snowfall on March 31, 1890.

Heavy March snows are fairly rare according to National Weather Service historical data. The last time more than 12 inches of snow in March was measured at BWI, the official record station for Baltimore, was in the winter of 2013-2014. Before that you have to go back to 1992-93 when 12.7 inches fell in the month.

Times digital editor and weather blogger Patrick Brannan contributed to this article.