BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It may be the second day of spring, but it looks like no one told Mother Nature.
A wintry mix that began on Tuesday has changed over to snow for most of the state.
Most of Maryland was under a Winter Storm Warning, and it remained in effect until 8 p.m. Many counties closed schools Wednesday. Federal offices in the D.C. area and state offices in most Maryland counties were closed, as well.
In Baltimore, the WJZ weather team predicted we’re going to have about 8 inches to a foot of snow by the time it’s all said and done.
Higher amounts up to 20 inches are possible over higher elevations in north-central Maryland, according to the National Weather Service.
Snowfall went back and forth between light and moderate Wednesday afternoon and night, according to WJZ’s Bob Turk, “because the storm is still developing off the coast of Delaware and Jersey… eventually by late tonight, we’ll see an end to this.”
Meteorologist Tim Williams says there’s a chance of re-freezing overnight since lows are in the high 20s.
WJZ reporters were out in the areas that got hit the hardest by the storm — Frederick County, Carroll County, Baltimore County and Harford County. We also had reporters in Towson and Canton. Mike Hellgren was at BWI Airport.
There have been lots of accidents, but there are plenty of plows out and about on the roads trying to clear the way.
Maryland State Highway says there are more than 900 personnel and 2,300 pieces of equipment “out there ready for action” Wednesday morning.
Officials advise against traveling unless you need to. So far, officials have responded to 614 crashes as of 10 p.m.
Take a look at this one in Montgomery County:
And some flights have been cancelled at BWI, where it looks like this:
Amtrak trains have also been delayed as a result of the winter storm.
BGE says they expect the “vast majority” of customers to have power restored by Wednesday night and that they will continue to work into Thursday.
This is the fourth time the East Coast has seen a system like this in a matter of weeks.