updated Sunday at 5:23 am by Dave Zahren
March, as is its custom, is coming in like a lion! The mix of snow and sleet covering cars and grassy areas this morning is but a prelude to a major winter storm that is en route. The prospect of a coastal storm has prompted the Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning for the entire metro area east of the Blue Ridge. After the light snow of this morning ends, there will be a period of dry conditions through midday. But later this afternoon, more snow showers will herald the arrival of the storm. The Warning goes into effect at 2 PM and extends through 2 PM on Monday. Snow accumulations could range from 5 to 8 inches with pockets of heavier amounts possible; lesser amounts (2 to 6 inches) are expected nearer the far western suburbs. The heavier snows could fall on the eastern shore and north toward Baltimore and northeastern Maryland. Complicating the expected heavy snows will be very blustery winds; some gusts could be from 30 to 35 mph. An additional inch or two of snow could fall on Monday as the storm exits the area. The winds will continue on Monday as temperatures plummet into the low 20s and upper teens on Monday. On this first day of meteorological ""spring,"" take heart in knowing that the mercury should soar to near 60 by next weekend! Make your preparations and be cautious doing this winter storm.
At least we should be back from Mass by then. :-)