Snow Forecast Updated, Winter Weather Advisory Issued In MD
Patch reporter Mark Hand wrote this story.
MARYLAND — With snow still covering the ground and some sidewalks from Monday's storm, forecasters are calling for more measurable snow across Maryland on Friday, followed by frigid temperatures over the weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Maryland from 4 a.m. on Friday until 7 p.m. on Friday.
The new storm will bring widespread snow, especially Friday morning. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected in portions of central and southern Maryland on Friday. Residents should plan on slippery road conditions that will affect the morning commute, the NWS said.
"When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury," the weather service said.
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For western Maryland, a winter storm warning will be in effect from 1 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Heavy snow is expected in Garrett County, with total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
Snow accumulations will vary from 1 to 3 inches for central and northeast Maryland, WJZ News reported Thursday. For Baltimore, between 1 and 2 inches is expected by Friday evening.
The Arctic air coming in behind the storm over the weekend will likely deliver the lowest temperatures of the winter so far in the mid-Atlantic region, AccuWeather said.
"Saturday is raw, with gusty winds and temperatures struggling to reach the low to mid-20s despite mainly clear skies," the Capital Weather Gang said. "Another cold night is on tap, with lows ranging through the teens."
For fans headed to M&T Bank Stadium late Saturday afternoon to see the Ravens play the Houston Texans in a divisional playoff game, "you want to grab every purple layer you can find" because "strong winds mean that will likely feel like the single digits for most of the game," WJZ News said.
Looking ahead to next week, temperatures are expected to gradually warm up in Maryland starting on Tuesday, with highs climbing into the 50s later in the week. A possible mid- to late-week storm is possible next week, probably in the form of rain.
Here is a look at the forecast for central Maryland through early next week from the National Weather Service:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.
Thursday night: Snow likely, mainly after 4 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 29.
Friday: Snow. High near 33. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Friday night: A slight chance of snow showers before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 31. Blustery.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
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