After several near misses throughout the course of the winter, a snow storm has finally hit the Baltimore area.
Snow began falling in the wee hours of Monday morning, which – thanks to the lack of March sunshine – was the perfect time for the wintry weather to begin accumulating.
Many areas had already seen 2 – 4 inches of accumulation before the daylight hours.
Baltimore County Public Schools have already decided to close for the day, and many other counties have joined the party.
Wet snow should keep falling throughout the day but, with temperatures just above the freezing mark, many roads are expected to become slushy as the day wears on.
As we head toward the evening rush, most of the precipitation should change over to rain, although one final burst of snow is possible as we move through the evening hours.
State Highway Administration officials are urging motorists to use caution as there are now more than 2,600 workers salting and trying to clear local roadways.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, as well as along the Eastern Shore from Cecil County to Talbot and Caroline counties.
A Winter Storm Warning was issued for Garrett and Allegany counties.