Maryland Mess: High Ice Potential Growing

A multiple part storm for the weekend

Baltimore, MD. - A very complex storm system with many "faces" will move into Maryland over the weekend bringing a mix of rain, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The storm will be a HIGH impact event for the state with the potential for crippling travel conditions west of the D.C. and Baltimore beltways.

What You Should Know

Start Time: Sunday afternoon through Sunday night

What To Expect:  NOTE: THESE are preliminary estimates. Finer details will be provided on later newscasts. Stay with ABC 2 News and ABC2NEWS.COM for the latest forecast amendments.

ZONE 1: Eastern shore, AA county, Eastern Maryland: Sleet mixing with rain changing to ALL rain by Sunday afternoon. 1-2" of Rain anticipated.

ZONE 2: Baltimore & DC METRO (North & West of the Bay Bridge),  East of I 83, Snow rapidly changing to sleet. C-1" of snow.. Heavy sleet through Sunday afternoon.. Changing to rain Sunday night.

ZONE 3: West of the Baltimore & DC beltways--N & W of I 95---west of I 83 HEAVY snow--changing to freezing rain-- Switching to sleet and rain Sunday night. 1-3" of snow, ....10-.20" of Ice...Heavy sleet

ZONE 4: Western Maryland west of the I 270/ I70 SPLIT: HEAVY snow changing to heavy ice and sleet. ****ICE STORM POTENTIAL******* 3-4" of snow .25" of ICE ! 

Forecast Discussion

A boundary of arctic air will arrive in Maryland Saturday afternoon and evening causing temperatures to fall into the middle and upper 20s Saturday night with dew point values (the measure of moisture in the atmosphere) between the lower teens and 20s. Dew points will be critical to prescription. The lower the dew point the colder the atmosphere will become once the prescription arrives. It's a phenomena called evaporative cooling.

VIA .. Image GFS 00z forecast. NOTE temperatures are in the 20s when the precipitation arrives.