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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
The Baltimore region should see mostly sunny skies on Monday, with temperatures reaching the low-40s, but snow is in the forecast for this week, according to the National Weather Service. More than five inches of snow is possible in a large part of the Baltimore region, the service said. Tonight will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping to the mid-20s, and Tuesday morning will also likely be sunny with temperatures rising to the mid-40s, the weather service said. Then the clouds roll in. A winter storm watch is in effect for most of the Baltimore region and western parts of the state from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The National Weather Service is adjusting weather warning boundaries in Howard, Baltimore and Harford counties to reflect geographic differences that can cause wide weather variations. The changes could help reduce false alarms and make advisories more precise, forecasters at the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office wrote in a post on their website . That could be particularly useful for winter storms, when areas at higher elevations and further from urban heat islands can receive significantly higher amounts of snow and ice. On the new map, a line will extend across the three counties dividing them into northern and southern sections (the weather service already divides Baltimore County into northern and southern sections, but the boundary is changing)
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
A fishing pier in Ocean City that sustained heavy damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was once again walloped by the winter storm that passed through Maryland on Thursday, according to city officials. "The Ocean City Fishing Pier again suffered damage this time due to the extreme and prolonged cold temperatures," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in a message posted to the city's official Facebook page. "The damage is not as extensive as it was a little over a year ago [in October 2012]
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Maryland will receive federal disaster funding to help pay for snow-clearing efforts from a February storm that left a foot and a half of accumulation across parts of the region in a single day, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday. No cost estimate from the storm has been released by the state, so it isn't clear how much funding Maryland could get. The funding, distributed through the state, will assist eligible local governments and nonprofits "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties," according to FEMA.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | February 13, 2014
Baltimore was hit with the biggest winter storm of an already brutal season today, here's a rundown of how the region is coping:  FORECAST :  The snow has tapered off, but more winter weather is on the way Thursday night and into the weekend. Get more on the forecast here and here .   ACCIDENTS : State officials urge people to stay off the roads; Several accidents have been reported including an overturned tractor trailer at BWI Parkway and the Capital Beltway.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
A winter storm watch is in effect for all of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay, cautioning of chances for 5 inches or more of snow overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. But uncertainty remains, preventing forecasters from making precise snowfall estimates. The storm is expected to move across the Midwest today before heading toward the Appalachians and central Virginia on Tuesday. In the Baltimore region, while the precipitation is expected to start as rain in some areas Tuesday night, it is expected to change over to snow most everywhere on the north side of the Interstate 95 corridor, according to the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington forecast office.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Andrea Walker and Baltimore Sun reporters | December 18, 2009
Snow fever is on the rise across the Baltimore region as last-minute Christmas shoppers, worried retailers, determined party planners and watchful transportation chiefs confront the growing likelihood of a major winter storm this weekend. A big snowstorm and bad roads at the peak of the holiday shopping season could devastate the region's retailers in a year soured by recession. The Saturday before Christmas is typically the biggest shopping day of the season in Maryland, with Sunday usually coming in second, said Tom Saquella, president of the Maryland Retailers Association.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Expectations of a storm to bring the heaviest snow in at least two years for the region have been dialed back as the National Weather Service has canceled its winter storm warning. High winds and wet roads remain a concern. Check here for live blog updates on conditions and forecasts. 4:36 p.m.:  Weather service meteorologists are no longer expecting any meaningful wintry precipitation Wednesday night, lifting the winter weather advisory for much of Central Maryland. Concerns remain over high winds in the Baltimore area and dangerous conditions along the coast, however, with rough surf and some rescues needed.
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Baltimore Sun reporter Candus Thomson offers this guest post: | January 24, 2012
What is the difference between a winter storm watch, a warning and an advisory? In these parts, an advisory is issued by the National Weather Service when a disruptive coating of 2 to 4 inches of snow - alone or with sleet and freezing rain - is anticipated. A watch means the possibility of hazardous conditions looms within 48 hours. A warning is for a mix-and-match set of circumstances: more than 5 inches of snow or sleet; one-quarter inch of ice; enough accumulation to down power lines; damaging precipitation and high winds.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman michelle.deal@baltsun.com | February 4, 2010
In anticipation of this weekend's winter storm, Southwest Airlines is canceling all flights to and from Baltimore Washington International Airport beginning Friday afternoon. Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan said more than 100 flights will be affected by the halt in service at BWI. The airline is also canceling flights at Dulles International and Philadelphia International, beginning at about the same time. The airline will cease operations at BWI around 2 p.m. Friday and resume Sunday morning, provided that weather conditions allow.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
For Rick Farrell, all this winter's snow and ice have meant about $1 million in contract work with the city of Baltimore — the welcome return on an investment inspired by 2010's "Snowmaggedon. " Farrell, of Ellicott City, incorporated his commercial power-washing business, Columbia-based Corporate Maintenance Group, in 2004, focusing on shopping centers and parking garages and eventually providing sweeping and other services for the same facilities. Then the "hellacious back-to-back snow storms" of 2010 hit, and the company took a chance, he said — renting every plow and salt-spreader it could get its hands on, installing them on its trucks and picking up work.
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March 1, 2014
Harford County is in the path of yet another winter storm, one that some forecasts are suggesting could dump as much snow as any in this bitterly cold, snowy season. Harford County Fire and EMS Association officials are asking Harford County residents to be prepared and to be smart as the storm passes Sunday and Monday. "According to the National Weather Service they are now looking at 8 to 10 " of snow for Harford County," the Harford Fire and EMS Association posted on its Facebook page at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, "however there is discussion of the potential for up to 14 inches of snow based on the European Model.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 8-10 inches of snow on top of a layer of ice across Central Maryland by Monday night, with sleet and freezing rain expected Sunday night, turning to heavy snow into Monday. Forecasters remain uncertain how quickly precipitation might switch from sleet and freezing rain to snow, which could affect where the heaviest snowfall accumulations occur. That could also affect how much ice might accumulate before any snow falls. Precipitation was expected to start as rain Sunday evening.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
A winter weather advisory is in effect across the region with a few inches of snow expected by the morning commute. The National Weather Service cautions of 2-4 inches of snow, possibly ending as a period of sleet, freezing rain and rain. Precipitation is forecast to begin around midnight and last until about 8 a.m. Forecasters warned of slippery roads possible during the morning rush hour. Weather service forecasters predicted an inch or two of snow across Baltimore, southern Baltimore County and most of Howard County, with higher totals to the north in Carroll, northern Baltimore and Harford counties.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
A fishing pier in Ocean City that sustained heavy damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was once again walloped by the winter storm that passed through Maryland on Thursday, according to city officials. "The Ocean City Fishing Pier again suffered damage this time due to the extreme and prolonged cold temperatures," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in a message posted to the city's official Facebook page. "The damage is not as extensive as it was a little over a year ago [in October 2012]
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | February 13, 2014
Baltimore was hit with the biggest winter storm of an already brutal season today, here's a rundown of how the region is coping:  FORECAST :  The snow has tapered off, but more winter weather is on the way Thursday night and into the weekend. Get more on the forecast here and here .   ACCIDENTS : State officials urge people to stay off the roads; Several accidents have been reported including an overturned tractor trailer at BWI Parkway and the Capital Beltway.
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Jacques Kelly | January 28, 2011
Snowstorms possess personalities. The angry thunder sounding Wednesday night, with brilliant, violent flashes of lightning, reminded me of another event, a daytime storm in 1983 that caught me downtown. There was an eerie similarity between that February 1983 storm and this week's event. I had no option but to head home on foot. Traffic disappeared. I recall near-whiteout conditions. Then came pounding thunder and silvery lightning. I had no company, no fellow foot travelers. I grew scared that afternoon and recalled four years before, when looting broke out as I made my way to work in the aftermath of the 1979 storm that started on a Sunday evening and went into Monday morning.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
The annual game between UMBC and Maryland will go as planned despite models calling for the possibility of more than five inches of snow for the Baltimore-Washington area. The Retrievers are scheduled to travel to College Park and face the top-ranked Terps on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. “Our plan is to play as scheduled,” a Maryland spokesman said in a text message Monday afternoon. “Our facilities and grounds staffs are monitoring the situation and are preparing to play as scheduled.” The winter storm projected to strike as early as Tuesday night has already changed another game involving state rivals.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley urged Marylanders to get off the roads by 10 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful winter storm rolled up the East Coast. In a State House briefing, the governor warned that the state is expecting a "24-hour event" that will bring "a big swath of nasty snow and ice" to the state. "Neighbors should stay off the roads," he said. The administration acted to keep tens of thousands of workers off the roads Thursday by closing state offices. The General Assembly was planning to meet for its morning Senate and House floor sessions, but all House hearings and some Senate hearings were called off. O'Malley said the state will deploy about 2,700 pieces of snow removal equipment between the State Highway Administration and private contractors.
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By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A winter storm warning was set to take effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday with 7 inches to a foot of snow across the region, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is forecast to start around 9 p.m. and fall heavily, at rates of an inch or two per hour overnight, according to National Weather Service forecasters. About 3-6 inches could accumulate by daybreak Thursday. Sleet and rain are forecast to mix in with the snow during the day Thursday, with gusty winds of 20-35 mph. Forecasters have since late Tuesday maintained calls for 6-8 inches across Baltimore and southern Baltimore and Harford counties, with 8-10 inches in areas at higher elevations on the Piedmont, including northern Baltimore, Howard and Harford counties.
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