Snow is possible for Easter weekend Winter won't let go weeks into spring

April 06, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

The well-equipped Easter egg hunter had better pack an umbrella because wet weather is predicted for today and tomorrow.

On the other hand, it may be easier to find those colored eggs against a white background.

That's because snow is possible this Easter weekend. Though spring is more than two weeks old, winter wants one last shot.

In Central Maryland, cloudy skies are predicted for today, with a few sprinkles or flurries possible this afternoon. Tonight, forecasters say there is a 30 percent chance of light snow. Whether it rains or snows depends on how cold it is, with lows expected to hover in the mid- to low 30s.

The storm system is a wet low-pressure front that formed over the Florida panhandle and has worked its way up the eastern seaboard. It is expected to reach New England by Monday. The front bears a striking resemblance to the one that brought the Blizzard of '96, said National Weather Service forecaster Calvin Meadows.

"If it was wetter, we'd be looking at stuff like we got with the blizzard," Mr. Meadows said.

But fear not. "It's not that wet," he said.

In fact, although in the worst case between 2 inches and 4 inches of snow could fall, forecasters say that's a remote possibility. "Right now, we're not looking for any accumulation to speak of," Mr. Meadows said.

Easter also looks to be cool and at least partly cloudy, with high temperatures in the mid-40s. There is a 30 percent chance of afternoon rain or snow showers. And the forecast is pretty much the same Monday to Wednesday: Cool with scattered afternoon rain or snow showers, with morning lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s and highs each afternoon between 45 and 50.

Pub Date: 4/06/96

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