Winter Storm Approaching MD, Will It Snow?


Snow is likely this weekend in Western Maryland. Everywhere East of Interstate-95 is more likely to see snowflakes that switch to rain and leave little to no accumulation. A stock photo of an icy car is shown here. (Shutterstock)

Patch reporter Michael O'Connell originally published this story.

MARYLAND — A wintry mix of weather is expected to pass through much of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic states Saturday through Sunday night, with the greatest impacts of snow and ice to the west of the Blue Ridge and Catoctin mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Two to 6 inches of snow and ice are expected to blanket the area west of I-15. To the east, heavy rains will likely reduce accumulations. If a low pressure system passes further south, cold air could linger over the metro-D.C. region, especially to the west of I-95.

The only measurable snow recorded last season was .2 inches on Feb. 1, 2023, at Baltimore Washington International Airport. The yearly average snowfall amount for BWI is 19.3 inches. The last time Washington, D.C., saw an accumulation of 1 inch of snow was on Jan. 28-29.

"The storm is expected to blossom across the Southeastern states to start the weekend, likely bringing along a swath of heavy rain and thunderstorms before pulling northward," according to Accuweather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.

The wintry weather will also affect travel both on roads and at airports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, with Friday expected to be the best day for travel, according to the Accuweather forecast.

"The most significant wintry effects from the storm will be limited to about 12 hours or so from late Saturday into Sunday evening," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high temperature near 42, with a northwest wind of 5 mph, according to NWS. The temperature will drop to around 30 overnight.

A chance of snow is expected around 10 a.m. on Saturday, with snow becoming more likely into the afternoon and possibly mixing with rain, according to NWS. As the thermometer climbs to near 40, the mix will switch over to rain, which will continue into the Saturday night.


Here is a look at Maryland's seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service:

This Afternoon: Scattered sprinkles before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 28. South wind around 6 mph.

Saturday: Snow likely before 1pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow between 1pm and 4pm, then rain after 4pm. High near 39. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday Night: Rain before 7pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow between 7pm and 10pm, then rain after 10pm. Low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 45.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Tuesday: Rain. High near 57. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 42. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday: A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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