This winter's first snowfall of some significance hit the Baltimore metropolitan area early today, forcing schools to be closed in several surrounding counties and snow emergency plans to be put into effect.
The National Weather Service said the snow was expected to be the dry type and a warming trend tomorrow would melt most of it.
In Baltimore, where up to 3 inches of snow is forecast, the Department of Transit and Traffic placed its snow emergency plan into effect at 6 a.m.
Later today, when snow was expected to turn to freezing rain or sleet, driving conditions in the city were expected to be hazardous.
Snow plans in surrounding counties went into effect about 5 a.m.
Schools were ordered closed in the city and in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Prince George's counties. Also, schools in Baltimore City and Kent County were closed.
In the city, police officers driving patrol cars were ordered to take fixed positions to cut down on driving in hazardous conditions unless they had to respond to emergency calls.
Shortly before 3 a.m., snow began falling in Western Maryland, where 6 to 8 inches is expected to accumulate.
Beginning at 4 a.m., snow emergency plans went into effect in Garrett, Allegany Washington, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Montgomery and Howard counties.