Alert Day: Freezing rain makes for slick conditions as winter weather hits Maryland

BALTIMORE — Wet and wintry weather blanketed Maryland on Thursday, prompting school closings and delays and creating slick driving conditions.

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and even some snow started in Western Maryland Wednesday night and moved into Central Maryland before dawn Thursday.

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Some roads in the region will become slippery before the morning rush hour, especially bridges and overpasses. Western Maryland, in particular, will see slick and dangerous conditions with temperatures in the 20s as the freezing rain begins.

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Temperatures start in the low 30s and will peak this afternoon in the mid 40s.

Ice accumulations will be significant in far Western Maryland, where nearly an inch of ice will fall by late Thursday. Power outages and tree damage are likely in these areas.

The Baltimore area is likely to have slick patches in the morning as well as a wet commute.

An ice storm warning is in effect for Garrett and Allegany counties due to expected significant ice.

A winter weather warning is in effect for the rest of the region, except for the lower east coast, for lighter ice accumulations that could lead to slippery patches and light icing on cars and elevated surfaces.

Moving past the early morning ice threat, we expect a wet remainder of the day in Central Maryland with steady rain.


The East Coast will see the change sooner. Western Maryland will see freezing rain for most of the day, and areas west of the Blue Ridge Mountains will see the longest period of freezing weather.

Rain could become heavy at times during the afternoon, with rain totals exceeding two inches in some areas by early Friday morning.

The storm system will move out of the area late Thursday night into Friday morning with afternoon clearing.

Expect sunshine this weekend through Wednesday with cold nights and cool afternoons. Highs will reach the 40s with lows in the 20s for most of next week.

An arctic cold front is poised to head into the area just before Christmas Eve, and that will likely bring some of the coldest air of the season heading into Christmas.

A few snow showers are also likely with this front, but it is still too early to determine the extent of wintry weather.

Tips for driving on icy roads:

Authorities urge drivers to slow down, leave room in icy conditions

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