Snow, rain or an icy mess forecast for Sunday's Ravens game

December 05, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

It could be wet or an icy mess for the Ravens/Vikings game Sunday, but which type of precipitation falls will be a game-time decision.

Forecasters remain mixed on where to pin down the lines between rain, ice and sleet or snow for a system expected to pass over the region throughout Sunday.

Generally, the further north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor, the more likely frozen precipitation is. But in Baltimore, forecasting models have gone back and forth between giving the city a cold rain or a messy, wintry mix.

As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicting temperatures slightly above freezing on Sunday, with wind chills in the 20s and snow in the morning, turning to a wintry mix and eventually rain or freezing rain. Models are suggesting it will start as snow, but forecasters expect to refine the forecast once the models become more consistent in their predictions.

Local meteorologist "Eric the Red" suggests as much as an inch or two of snow could fall before the precipitation switches to more of a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain. The rain could possibly lead to headaches on the Monday morning commute if it freezes, he adds.

AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity is calling for snow to stay well to our north and west, across Western Maryland and most of Pennsylvania. An ice storm could stretch from Texas to Kentucky and Ohio.

But Margusity's colleague Eliot Abrams highlights a model run placing the rain/snow line just south of the Baltimore area.

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