A snowy St. Patrick's Day could be in forecast

March 13, 2014|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

A snowy St. Patrick's Day could be ahead with a chance for wintry precipitation overnight Sunday into Monday.

Highs were expected in the mid-40s Sunday, with precipitation starting to fall in the afternoon or evening as rain. But colder air was expected to move in overnight, with lows reaching the upper 20s.

National Weather Service forecasters said they don't expect accumulating snow. Highs around 60 degrees are forecast Friday and Saturday, and warm ground plus strengthening in the sun's rays generally makes it difficult for snow to accumulate in March unless it falls overnight.

But local meteorologist "Eric the Red" suggests snow could accumulate "enough to disrupt travel Monday morning." Models suggest anywhere from a couple of inches of snowfall to as much as 10 inches, though those predictions are likely to shift and change by Sunday.

It has already been the snowiest March since 2009, with 3.8 inches, amid the snowiest winter since the winter of 2009-2010, with 26.3 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The snowiest St. Patrick's Day on record in Baltimore occurred in 1931, with 5 inches of snowfall.

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