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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Get ready for another round of winter weather. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect overnight for most of Central Maryland.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on preparations underway for the morning commute.

Traffic is moving along just fine on the Jones Falls Expressway, but by Monday morning, that is all expected to change.

Just as Baltimore starts to thaw out, another winter storm is expected to make its way into our area overnight and into the morning.

“Looks like we’ll be bringing our crews in the early, early morning hours. It’s supposed to change over right during rush hour,” said Dave Buck, SHA. “Our concern is, that with all the football activities today, the people are not going to pay attention to this and they’re going to wake up and realize what they could have on their hands tomorrow morning.”

For some, it’s hard to believe another winter storm is approaching after a weekend of warm weather.

“I’m over it. I’m ready to go to Florida. I would like to see the storm pass really quickly and the snow be done for the winter,” Dawn Richardson said.

Winter weather has dumped several inches of snow across Baltimore since the beginning of the year, followed by a blast of Arctic cold air, causing pipes to burst inside homes–a huge frustration for homeowners.

“You know, it’s just a mess,” one woman said.

Several water main breaks across the city were also the result of the cold weather.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says, right now, there’s still a good amount of salt on the roads, but drivers should still use caution.

“If we get an inch or an inch and a half or two of thick, dense, heavy, wet snow… that’s the toughest kind to move,” Buck said.

While the winter weather may be a nuisance, some say, hey, it’s February.

“I mean, it’s just winter,” a man said. “It can’t get no worse than a couple of weeks ago when it was like 50 degrees and dropped to negative zero.”

MTA officials say they have already treated their parking lots and some station platforms.

MTA says they will monitor the roads throughout the night and into the morning.

For the updated forecast, click here.

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