First significant snow expected to hit today

Baltimore & Region

December 05, 2005|By NICOLE FULLER

Winter doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21, but Marylanders are already bracing for the first significant snowfall of the season.

Last night, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch that includes Baltimore and the surrounding counties. Today's forecast calls for light flurries, accumulations of less than 1 inch during the morning, and up to 5 inches during the afternoon, continuing into tonight. Highs are expected to reach the 30s today, with overnight lows in the mid-20s. Winds between 5 mph and 8 mph are forecast.

Significant snowfall in the Baltimore area is expected to begin after 2 p.m. today.

Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician at the National Weather Service, said he expects the afternoon rush hour will be affected by the storm.

"Flakes may start falling Monday morning, but it's not gonna really get started till the afternoon," he said, adding: "It is going to be cold enough so that anything that falls will stick around through Tuesday."

Significantly higher accumulations are expected in parts of the Eastern Shore. Centreville and Salisbury could receive as much as 3 to 7 inches, with temperatures dipping into the 20s.

Southern Maryland is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches, and Western Maryland, including Cumberland and Hagerstown, is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches by tomorrow morning.

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