UPDATE (1:14 p.m.)—Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? How about a white Halloweekend?
Forecasters are calling for as much as 3 inches of snow Saturday in parts of Baltimore and Harford counties. A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service until 8 p.m.
Around an inch of snow hit parts of Harford County by the late morning, but precipitation slowed around 1 p.m.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company officials are warning customers of possible power outages caused by rain, snow and strong winds.
According to a company press release, "the majority of the trees in BGE’s service territory have not yet shed their foliage. As a result, the foliage will provide more surface area for the snow to stick to, adding to the weight of the branches, and likely resulting in more tree limbs falling."
Officials encouraged customers to keep flashlights, fresh batteries, a battery operated clock radio, a corded telephone, a fully charged cell phone, non-perishable foods and blankets readily available during the storm.
Here are some more predictions from weather experts.
National Weather Service says:
It's going to be an ugly mix of rain, snow and sleet before 2 p.m. before graduating to simply rain and snow, which could be heavy at times. The high is set at 41 with a low around 29 in the evening. Chances of precipitation are 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation is estimated between 1 and 3 inches, with an additional 1 inch possible Saturday night.
Foot's Forecast says:
"Now we are faced with a new wild card: A La Nina pattern producing a significant winter storm occurring very far outside the climatological norm," the website stated. "The only comparison we could find was back to October 1972 for so much snow this early."
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About 1.1 inches of snow are on the way, with more coming later this evening, Baltimore County. Pennsylvania and West Virginia residents have already been pelted with several inches (photos). About 2.6 inches are anticipated in the Harford County area.
WBAL InstaWeather Plus says:
A total of 15 alerts have been issues for counties across the state. You can track the storm with WBAL-TV's interactive radar. It's 38 degrees right now in Baltimore.
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