BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Snow arrived in Maryland early Thursday morning, but some areas of Maryland experience a winter sleet mix or rain that freezes on contact.
Meteorologist Tim Williams said this could cause problems with worse outdoor conditions. Numerous crashes were reported on Thursday morning.
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The mix of sleet-freezing rain covers the state. In parts of NW & Western Maryland, snow accumulation is now up to 5 inches. Unfortunately, the temperatures are cold enough to support frozen streets and sidewalks. Pic.twitter.com/lGiPBCIDIV
– Tim Williams WJZ (@TimWilliamsWJZ) February 18, 2021
A winter storm warning will apply to parts of Maryland from 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, including Counties Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary.
The alert has been downgraded to a winter weather report for central Maryland, including the city of Baltimore and surrounding counties. The following districts are included in the consultation:
Parts of the east coast, including the following counties, will be weathered in winter by 10:00 a.m. on Friday:
There appears to be an infusion of above freezing air just above the ground that causes a bit of the melting of snowfall.
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As a result, the rain freezes on contact with the ground or cars, or it freezes shortly before contact and a layer of snow rain is created.
In either case, conditions are expected to be sloppy throughout the day and possibly re-freezing overnight.
This means very dangerous travel conditions.
As of early Thursday afternoon, snow totals ranged significantly from just half an inch in Annapolis to nearly six inches in some spots near the Maryland / Pennsylvania state line.
There will be a gap in precipitation on Thursday afternoon before more falling later in the day and overnight.
The storm system will exit quickly on Friday. Calm but cold weather awaits you on the weekend.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says Marylanders should be prepared for power outages, tree damage, and dangerous travel conditions.
It also urges people to keep mobile devices charged and stay tuned to your local forecast. Check out WJZ!
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