Wintry Mix this Weekend

January 20, 2012

The National Weather forecast is calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight into Saturday morning. And Sunday isn’t looking great either.

Meteorologist Kevin Witt told The Baltimore Sun that the entire Baltimore area will be affected by the wintry mix, and the most precipitation will come between midnight Friday and noon Saturday.

“It’s a wide system. We’re going to see a little bit of everything,” he said.

Witt said the precipitation will start with snow and then become a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

“The onset will be this evening, and then we’ll see the snow and sleet and then sleet and freezing rain,” Witt said. “The brunt of it will be overnight and into tomorrow morning. Midnight to noon will be the worst time, and then it will tail off.”

 Baltimore professional meteorologist Eric the Red’s take:

“The models do have enough cold air initially holding firm east of the mountains and from Baltimore north to produce a period of accumulating sleet and snow late tonight.  The farther north you go, the better chance you have of seeing an inch or two of snow before it changes of to sleet and freezing rain.  So the updated outlook is for a brief period of snow late tonight, changing to sleet and freezing rain by morning in most locales.  Across [northern Maryland], snow may last long enough to accumulate 1 to 2 [inches] before changing over.  Everywhere else, an inch or less is expected.”

As far as Sunday goes, the National Weather Service says there could be a second round of sleet, freezing rain and then rain Sunday and Sunday night, but not enough accumulation for a winter storm watch to be issued yet. Stay tuned.

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