Snow showers, gusty winds forecast for region

Rain will turn to snow as cold front moves across state

Wind advisory issued



March 08, 2005|By Staff | Staff,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

Maryland morphs back into wintry conditions today, with morning rain changing over to snow this afternoon as it turns blustery and cold.

The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., issued a wind advisory for Central and Western Maryland until 7 p.m.

A cold front will push across the state, forcing temperatures to plummet from a high of near 50 degrees early today into the mid 30s.

The chill follows yesterday's spring tease that brought a high of 69 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Forecasters say strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph will develop early today with the potential of wind gusts in excess of 45 mph. Wind speeds are expected to gradually decrease during the evening but still remain noticeable with gusts up to 30 mph tonight.

Forecasters predict light to moderate rain today, mixing with snow by afternoon and then transitioning to snow showers late in the day.

The snow may coat grassy areas, but forecasters say the ground will be warm enough that any accumulation will be about an inch or less.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, windy and much colder with lows around 17. The region will see west winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph possible later in the evening.

Wednesday's highs will be in the mid 30s with partly cloudy skies.

Originally published March 8, 2005, 8:17 AM EST

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