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4 to 8 inches of Snow Predicted By Sunday
Southern Maryland - 2/11/2006
By Anna Bedford
Most of Southern Maryland saw only light rain and white skies this morning, with the predictions of snow in the early hours proving to be mistaken. However, it looks like the snow is coming, just a little later than expected.
In Charles rain changed to flakes and snow began to fall this afternoon around 3:05 p.m. and is coming down in thick flakes. All school activities for Charles County schools have been cancelled for the weekend, and many other activities, such as church Valentine’s dances, have also been cancelled.
Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties – as well as their neighbors in VA are under a heavy snow warning in effect from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 a.m. on Sunday.
In St. Mary’s there was still no sign of snow at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but snow had started to fall in Calvert.
Southern Maryland Forecast:
Light rain will continue across lower southern Maryland this afternoon, through early this evening. Precipitation will increase in intensity across the area, mixing with and changing to snow.
After sunset any mixed rain and snow will change to all snow.
Snow will increase in intensity this evening with the heaviest snowfall expected between 9 pm and 5 am Sunday morning. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour can be expected at times during the evening and overnight hours with visibilities reduced below 1/2 mile in the heavier bursts of snow.
Temperatures will fall for the remainder of the afternoon and evening hours, falling below freezing this evening. By Sunday morning total snowfall accumulations are expected to be 4 to 8 inches.
The snow is expected to end from southwest to northeast Sunday morning, beginning just after sunrise, while winds will increase out of the northwest Sunday. The snow will be fairly heavy and wet limiting the potential for blowing and drifting snow.
As snowfall rates increase this evening road conditions will deteriorate and travel will become very difficult on snow covered roadways, with reduced visibility. Once the steady heavy snowfall begins this evening avoid any unnecessary travel.
A heavy snow warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Always carry a winter safety kit with emergency supplies if you must travel in a snowstorm.
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