MARYLAND – Up to 9 inches of snow could fall in parts of Maryland by Saturday night as a northeasterly moves across the eastern seaboard, meteorologists say.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the East Coast Friday through Saturday night, noting travel could be very difficult.
Heavy snow is possible, with an accumulation of 4 to 9 inches possible, depending on the winter storm watch. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph are also expected. Blowing snow can cause low visibility, officials said.
“The forecast for total snowfall from the storm remains highly uncertain, so stay tuned for the latest forecast,” the National Weather Service said in a statement Thursday.
Central Maryland could see snow, cold
Thursday should be dry and cool throughout Maryland.
In the Baltimore-Washington area, temperatures will peak at around 37 degrees, dropping to around 26 degrees overnight Thursday.
On Friday, about 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall in central Maryland between afternoon and evening, according to the latest forecast.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing on Saturday.
The mid-Atlantic to southeastern New England will receive snowfall Friday evening through Sunday from the storm which is expected to develop into a bomb cyclone and full-blown blizzard for the east of New England, AccuWeather predicted.
“Everything is on the table with this storm,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said Thursday. The storm will develop near eastern North Carolina late this week, then rapidly intensify as it moves north along or just off the eastern seaboard over the weekend. .
If the storm moves 50 miles west of its forecast track, the forecast snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches in Philadelphia and the forecast 6 to 12 inches from New York to Ocean City, Maryland, could double. , said AccuWeather.
If the storm moves 50 miles further east, snowfall in those areas could be halved.
Winter storm watch applies to east coast
In the Delmarva area, heavy snowfall is expected to begin Friday evening and then spread northward early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Snow could be heavy at times until early Saturday afternoon before easing off late Saturday.
These areas of the East Coast are under winter storm watch from Friday 7 p.m. to Saturday 7 p.m.: