BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The worst winter storm of the season slams Maryland, and it’s not over yet. Another round of winter weather is headed our way.
Bob Turk reports a small system is approaching the region later Friday night.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of Maryland from 1 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday.
The next storm arrives Friday evening and will linger into Saturday morning then taper off in the afternoon.
North of the city we expect to see about an inch of wet snow by Saturday morning, but mainly light rain mixed with some wet snow from the city on south.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect across the extreme northern tier counties into Saturday for about 1-2 inches of wet snow.
Clearing skies and colder temperatures Saturday night will cause a refreeze as usual on untreated surfaces. A dry and sunny but colder Sunday will end the weekend on a more positive note!
Expect 1-2 inches of wet snow from the next round of the storm.
These are the snow totals we are seeing right now:
Enjoy the snow while it lasts because by the end of next week we are looking at temperatures near 50 to 55 degrees!
Meanwhile, the Maryland State Highway Administration says it is prepared for the third round. Traffic is expected to be reasonably light Friday night and Saturday morning. Still, if this storm overproduces similar to the last round, SHA asks motorists to take precautions and delay travel during the heaviest of the snowfall.
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 snowstorms 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.
If you must travel in bad weather, make 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 snowstorm.
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