Freezing rain, sleet likely Tuesday

… Forecasters calling for little accumulation …

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

11:07 PM EST, January 29, 2011

Will this week’s Groundhog Day bring another round of misery to Maryland? Although forecasters aren’t calling for heavy snow, a developing storm is likely to bring at least sleet and freezing rain to the area beginning Monday night.

Brian Lasorsa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the Baltimore-area will see only “light accumulations” of snow, but added that “the big impact will be the ice.”

Lasorsa said flurries could start Monday night and turn into freezing rain Tuesday, which could refreeze, making roads icy.

Forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of precipitation to start Monday with between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

For Groundhog Day on Wednesday, when Punxsutawney Phil will decide if winter will last six more weeks, Baltimore is expected to see highs in the upper 30s. Forecasters expect temperatures to cool off again by the end of the week.

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