Icy rain ending between 9 and noon
The snow, sleet and freezing rain that have put a glaze on Central Maryland were forecast to end as early as 9 a.m. But the mess they have left behind will not go away quite that quickly.
The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning until noon for Central Maryland, including Baltimore city and county, Frederick, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery and Harford counties. In this case the warning means we can expect up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulations before it ends between 9 and noon. Radar shows the precipitation already mostly clear of the region.
UPDATE, 10 a.m.: The Warning has been replaced by a Winter Weather Advisory for Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties:
"BUT FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL LINGER ACROSS THE BALTIMORE AREA.
THIS WILL GO UNTIL NOON.
"EXISTING ADVISORY FOR THE NORTHWEST DC SUBURBS AND EXTREME EASTERN WV PANHANDLE WILL ALSO CONTINUE TIL
NOON FOR FREEZING DRIZZLE."
UPDATE: 11 a.m.: The NWS has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory. The northwest suburbs will remain near freezing into the early afternoon. Untreated roads and sidewalks will remain slippery.
The storm does not seem to have caused very many power outages. BGE's website is reporting only a few hundred customers still out this morning, and another 1,600 or so already restored.
Farther south, in PG and Arundel and points south, the precipitation will end between 7 and 9 a.m. after depositing only a few hundredths of and inch of ice.
The good news is that temperatures have been rising all night, and hovered near the freezing mark at daybreak. That trend should continue, with highs later today (Tuesday) in the upper 30s.
But don't expect the sun to come bursting through anytime today. The forecast calls for rain chances to continue through Wednesday morning, with clouds finally breaking up in the afternoon. Colder weather returns Wednesday night, with highs only in the 30s, and a chance for snow showers Thursday night into Friday.
So how are you coping with the ice? How are the roads and sidewalks in your location? Will you be telecommuting this morning? Any tree damage? Power out? Or is this a non-event for you?