Winter Weather Wednesday Night And Thursday
Update Wednesday at 10:00 PM
The WYPR listening area could see its biggest snowfall in four years between now and Thursday night. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 8 PM Thursday night.
Between 2 and 4 inches could accumulate before dawn on Thursday.
The snow will continue on Thursday morning, and could mix with sleet in the afternoon. Another 4 to 6 inches could fall on Thursday before the storm tapers off late in the afternoon or early in the evening.
Much of the listening area should expect 6 to 10 inches of total snow and sleet accumulation. More than a foot is possible in the higher elevations and in western Carroll County and areas farther west. Parts of Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay may end up with 4 inches or fewer. The National Weather Service posts its projected accumulation map here (this may be different from the image posted above).
This winter storm will be accompanied by powerful winds… gusting up to 25 mph tonight, and up to 30 mph tomorrow. Between the snow and the winds, power outages are likely.Baltimore Gas and Electric says it’s has begun to gather storm and field personnel and coordinate with out-of-state mutual assistance crews. BGE is setting up several large, remote staging sites across the service area to provide a base for crews and vehicles. BGE says customers should call 877-778-2222 to report downed lines and power outages.
Governor Martin O’Malley has declared a state of emergency as the storm approaches. That declaration allows the state to deploy National Guard members for "emergency contracting" and it also waives certain rules and regulations for a speedy storm recovery.