BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is bracing for another round of winter weather, one that could bring us the most significant snow of the season.
Bob Turk reports a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening for most of Maryland.
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This is really a case where a difference in the storm track of 50 to 100 miles could make the difference of 6 inches or more of snow accumulation.
The potential is certainly there for Maryland to see a rather major East Coast winter storm. Pieces of this storm will cause problems south of Maryland through Wednesday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and ice. Then we will be watching the phasing of this storm carefully as a coastal area of low pressure is expected to develop. The questions that remain are:
– Intensity of the storm?
– Type of precipitation?
– Amount of precipitation expected?
These are all questions we will be able to answer over the next day with the analysis of more model runs. However, implications are high in that we could see several inches of heavy, wet snow and that this could be our strongest storm so far this winter season.
Right now, the metro area is expected to see 6-12 inches of snow with locally heavier amounts. Areas to the west could see even more. East of the metro area will see snow mixing with rain. It will begin later Wednesday evening, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The heaviest part of the storm is expected to be between 6 a.m. and noon on Thursday. Blizzard conditions are possible.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s Wednesday night. Those temperatures will rise into the lower and middle 30s Thursday afternoon.
Roads may be snow and sleet covered. Travel may be dangerous Wednesday night and Thursday. Heavy wet snow could lead to some power outages.
Updates will be posted periodically as we fine-tune the forecast. For now, expect precipitation to move in as early as Wednesday evening and night. It will likely begin as snow first, then possibly mixing with sleet/freezing rain along the I-95 corridor, then changing back over to snow before exiting Thursday around dinner time.
Because many trees were weakened by last week’s ice storm, it is possible that some remaining trees may not be able to hold the added weight and could fall, impacting electric service. Residents are advised to prepare for potential power outages and to conserve power as much as possible.
“It’s been a long winter for many Maryland families. With the polar vortex, a bad ice storm and several snow storms already this year, it’s incredibly important for all Marylanders to remain vigilant and find smart ways to safely conserve energy,” said Governor O’Malley. “Once again we ask our residents to be prepared, avoid travel if at all possible, and remember to keep an eye on relatives, friends and neighbors.”
Residents should have a disaster supply kit with water, non-perishable food, a battery- or crank-operated radio and other necessities in case of an extended power outage. Now is also the time to make sure cell phones and other devices are fully charged in case of a power outage.
If you must travel in bad weather, makes sure your car’s battery, tires and wiper blades are in good condition and always have more than half a tank of gas in the car. Add a car charger, blankets and extra snacks and drinks to your car’s supply kit, and if you must drive, make sure someone knows where you are going and your planned route in case you become stranded.
Do not leave pets exposed to cold and snow for long periods. If your pets must remain outside, make sure they have a dry shelter, plenty of food and drinkable (non-frozen) water. Do not put blankets or pillows in their shelter as they may become wet and frozen in a snow storm.
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