BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is seeing one of its biggest winter storms in years.
Snow began to fall Sunday morning and fell throughout the day. Some areas saw between 2-3 inches while Ridgeley saw 5.1″ as of 6 p.m. Sunday.
An additional 2-5″ can be expected Monday night into Tuesday.
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Winter storm warnings went into effect at 4 a.m. on Sunday, and much of the state is included within the warning territory, with the exception of a few Eastern Shore counties, and those areas are under a winter weather advisory.
Before focusing more on central Maryland, it is important to note that some of our Eastern Shore communities could battle gusty winds as high as 40 mph on Sunday. This will contribute to significantly reduced visibility and hazardous travel conditions.
Snow arrived from west to east on Sunday, arriving in Baltimore around 9 a.m. Sunday.
It then changed over to mixed precipitation as modeled Sunday night and lasted off-and-on overnight through Monday.
There is still a bit of uncertainty regarding exactly how much mixing occurs, along with the duration. A longer period of mixing could result in lower snow totals.
While some areas transition to a wintry mix on Sunday night, the energy from the storm system will transfer off the coast and a nor’easter will begin to develop. As cold air gets pulled back into the storm, a changeover to snow will occur as this storm begins to strengthen.
Given the current computer model trends, Baltimore City and areas north could easily get 8-12″ of snow during the Sunday morning-Tuesday morning time frame.
Baltimore City has opened several shelters using hotels and rec centers to host anyone in need with COVID-19 precautions in place.
“Clients may stay in the shelters throughout the day until the code blue extreme declaration has ended,” said Tisha Edwards, Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services.
Winter essentials are flying off the shelves at a Canton Ace Hardware store, which had just recently restocked its load.
“We are completely out of shovels. We are completely out of sleds,” said Jerry McGee, Ace Hardware.
As the sun went down, another round of snow fell, something that many people say they’ve been patiently waiting for.
“We’ve been in the city for about four years, and haven’t had snow yet and we’ve been talking about it for a few years and it’s finally,” said Canton resident Fran Lynch.
Precipitation will quickly exit Tuesday morning, and other than some lingering flurries, it will be a quiet and cold day with highs remaining in the 30s.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning starting at 4 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Tuesday for parts of the state.
As of Monday morning, several counties remain under the winter storm warning, while most have changed over to a winter weather advisory at least until 10 a.m.
Counties included in the winter storm warning are:
The following counties are under a winter weather advisory:
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Charles County
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George’s County
In total, from now through Tuesday morning, Baltimore City and areas north of us could easily get 8-12 inches of snow.