Forecasters say more cold, snow on their way

January 23, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A second round of snow might greet Maryland residents this morning, but forecasters said not to expect a knock-out blow -- yet.

A winter weather advisory was in effect last night and could be extended through today, with up to 4 inches of snow possible by this afternoon.

As crews focus on keeping roads clear, forecasters will keep a close eye on a potential midweek snowstorm when a nor'easter could develop off the East Coast.

"There is some question how far off the coast it will develop and that will play a big role in how much snow we will get," said John Margraf, a forecaster at National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The light snow predicted for today will be caused by a weak system moving across the Tennessee Valley, Margraf said.

Cold weather should continue through next weekend, he said, compounding recent weather-related problems.

In Anne Arundel County, a house in the first block of Chipouras Drive in Edgewater caught fire yesterday morning when residents fell asleep while burning wood in a stove designed for coal.

In Baltimore, frigid weather caused more than 100 city water pipes to burst, said Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher.

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