Icy mix threatens from Carroll west
Hard to believe after today's highs in the 60s, but ... The National Weather Service has posted a nasty menu of winter weather advisories, watches and warnings for counties north and west of Baltimore as the cold air that has clobbered the Plains states with nasty weather over the weekend begins to edge into Maryland in the next few days.
Howard, Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties are under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday morning. Freezing rain mixed with sleet is due late tonight in the Allegenies, with some ice accumulation possible.
Icing could increase to a quarter-inch on Tuesday, forecasters said, especially west of the Blue Ridge and parts of north-central Maryland. That has prompted issuance of a Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday evening through Wednesday for Frederick and Carroll counties.
Way out west in Garrett, folks are under a Winter Storm Watch issued by the NWS forecasters in Pittsburgh. They'll looking for freezing rain, sleet and snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday as the cold front moves in.
Down here along the Chesapeake, we're told to expect much colder temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs only in the 40s. But it's still a rain-only forecast for us. We reached a notable high of 67 degrees this afternoon at BWI, about 20 degrees above the long-term average for the date. Notable, but short of the record 70 degrees set on Dec. 15, 1971.