Possibly icy outlook in today's forecast

January 28, 2009|By Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones | Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones and,liz.kay@baltsun.com and brent.jones@baltsun.com

A wintry mix closed school districts and canceled public meetings yesterday around the Baltimore region, but today's precipitation and cold temperatures could be an even more treacherous combination on the roads.

Rain and freezing rain are expected to cover the area this morning and there is a chance that it will continue through the afternoon, with an additional accumulation of a tenth of an inch of ice, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.. Highs should be in the mid-30s. In the afternoon and evening, the weather service is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers later tonight.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. today for northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties, and until noon in Howard County. A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon today for Baltimore and areas south.

Less than an inch of snow is expected in Baltimore and the surrounding counties today, meteorologists said..

About 1 to 2 inches of snow fell in the region yesterday.

The weather provided an extended break for students in Howard County. They have been out of school since Friday afternoon because of a half-day for testing. On Monday, there was no school because of a scheduled professional work day for teachers.

The break could continue today, depending on the weather.

Public schools in Anne Arundel County were scheduled to be closed to students yesterday and today for a semester break, a coincidence that likely saved the school system a snow day.

The Baltimore City school board meeting set for last night was canceled, along with all afternoon and evening school activities.

In Baltimore County, a school board meeting scheduled for last night was canceled because schools were closed, according to a district news release.

Yesterday was the county schools' first snow day, said Charles A. Herndon, a Baltimore County schools spokesman.

Around the state, crews were working throughout last evening to keep roads clear.

Kellie Boulware, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Highway Administration, said crews had surplus salt left over from yesterday and that they would be operating this morning.

Sun reporters Arin Gencer, Nicole Fuller and John-John Williams IV contributed to this article.

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