BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Winter Storm Warning, which has been issued for much of central Maryland is now in effect until 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Harford County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, D.C. and more counties in western Maryland are all affected.
Counties further to the east and south, like Prince George’s and Anne Arundel, are under a Winter Weather Advisory that expires at noon Tuesday.
Bob Turk says areas affected by the winter storm warning should see roughly eight to twelve inches of snow. Other regions could potentially see four to six inches.
“This is the last gasp of winter, and probably the biggest one we’ve seen,” he says. “Between about 8 p.m. and midnight, that’s when we expect to see that snow to really start going. Between about midnight and 8 a.m. [Tuesday], that when we could actually see some periods of heavy snow. Maybe even one to two inches per hour coming down.”
There are two systems that meteorologists are watching, with one area of high pressure to the south of Maryland and another of low pressure coming from the west.
The NWS says snow may make many roads in the area impassable and produce power outages.
There will likely be a very sharp division between snow and a mix of rain and snow by Tuesday. Even going through Tuesday afternoon we’ll be seeing the snow showers at varying levels of intensity moving on through.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency offers the following tips for the public during the storm:
- Closely monitor updated weather forecasts and keep electronic communications devices charged.
- Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
- If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
- If it is safe to do so, consider clearing off roofs if significant snow has accumulated.
- Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Click here for emergency phone numbers for utility companies.
Please stay tuned and watch WJZ First Warning Weather for the latest forecasts.