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WEATHER BLOG: Potential Winter Weather

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Bernadette Woods

Yes, it’s the end of March and we are still talking about the potential for winter weather.

Winter weather yes, but not quite yet.  The sunshine from Saturday will fade behind clouds quickly Sunday as the next storm gets closer.  It’s the same storm that brought the wind and snow to Denver for the U.S. soccer game.  When it gets here, the rain/snow line will once again set up over Maryland.

A winter storm warning (Garrett) and winter storm watch (Allegany) go into effect Sunday afternoon and continue through Monday.  Any will give way to a few inches of accumulating snow out west through Monday, with lingering snow showers into Tuesday that could add a little more.  Farther east (Washington, Frederick, and Carroll, northern Baltimore, western Howard), the mix will change to snow overnight Sunday before changing back to rain Monday.  There is the chance for a coating – small, slushy accumulation during the overnight hours – primarily on the unpaved surfaces.  Closer into Baltimore, there will be a rain/snow/sleet mix possibly going to snow for a time before changing back to rain Monday.  Most roads will just be wet from this, while there will be some mixing but even more rain in that mix south and east of the city.

The sunshine helped warm us up to 52 degrees Saturday afternoon.  That’s warmer than we’ve been in a few days, although still comes up short of the current 56 degree average.  Temperatures will get to the 40s Sunday before the storm arrives, then take a hit to highs only in the 30s Monday. Gusty winds and maybe some rain/snow showers will keep temperatures down in the 40s Tuesday before creeping closer to 50 degrees by the end of the week.  Again, warmer but still below average.

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