Some icing possible north and west
Although the cold front has passed to our south, dropping temperatures from the 60s we enjoyed yesterday, the cold air is taking its time rolling in. But we've probably already seen our warmest temperatures for the day. Forecasters think they'll be dropping this afternoon, and as the rain picks up, counties north and west of the urban corridor may still see some icing conditions around rush hour this evening. Here's the radar loop.
"Not quite confident that the quarter inch of ice will be realized," the folks at Sterling said this morning. But "cold air should settle right along the MD/PA border this afternoon and overnight. Think these areas have the best potential to see some icing and snow/sleet accumulation (especially during the rush hour)."
UPDATE: It's 30 and snowing at Hagerstown; 39 with light rain and falling temperatures at Baltimore at 1:30 p.m.
UPDATE 9:26 p.m.: Here are some winter weather reports from around the region.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook is posted for the Baltimore area, noting the risk of icing in northern Baltimore County. There is a Winter Weather Advisory up for Carroll and Frederick counties, with mention of snow and ice overnight tonight. The western counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, with up to a quarter-inch of ice and an inch or two or snow on top of that.
Wednesday should bring all-rain across the region as low pressure systems track along the front. But the precip will be diminishing. Thursday looks like more of the same, but Friday should see some warming - into the 60s again ahead of the NEXT cold front. That one, early Friday, could bring more rain or snow showers, and return daytime temperatures to the 40s, where they belong this time of year.
Saturday could bring drier weather , with some sunshine peeking through. But Sunday, forecasters say, could be "a washout," with temperatures - and precipitation types - on the borderline. If the models are correct, they're saying, "it is not going to be a pretty day."