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UPDATE: Heavy Snow, Winds, Power Outages Could Begin Tuesday

A snowstorm is heading toward Central Maryland and Baltimore County, and may hit Tuesday, and BGE is bringing in 500 extra workers.

UPDATE (5:38 p.m.) A storm heading toward the Baltimore and D.C. Metro areas could dump one or more inches of heavy snow on Baltimore County, beginning overnight Tuesday.

A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening, including in Maryland: from Frederick to Baltimore, and Westminster to Annapolis, according to the National Weather Service.

There might be "heavy wet snow, gusty winds, possible power outtages," it states.

Meteorologist Justin Berk says there could be up to 5 inches in some areas of Central Maryland.

Meanwhile, Baltimore Gas and Electric is bringing in 500 extra workers to help with any power outages that might occur, according to a news release Monday afternoon.

Wind gusts could get as strong as 50 mph, causing outages and even preventing the company's use of bucket trucks to make repairs right away, the release states.

The regional Foot's Forecast published Monday morning announced: "This.Is.Not.A.Drill."

What's coming Tuesday for Maryland, Virginia, the Potomac River Valley, southeast and central Pennsylvania could be "the snowstorm of the year, in a powder-filled last hurrah," bringing "difficult travel, school closures and flight cancelations," Foot's states.

While Foot's calls for snow Tuesday night through Thursday morning for the larger region, the National Weather Service forecast for Baltimore County and Metro area says snow is likely Tuesday through Wednesday night.

Within the county and city, there's an 80 percent chance of rain or snow to begin Tuesday night, mainly after midnight, the NWS forecast states. And there's a 90 percent chance of snow Wednesday, and 70 percent chance of snow Wednesday night.

Check the forecast for updates.

Keep it local

Keep track of how the weather progresses in Baltimore County by signing up for emergency updates on the county's website, Twitter and Facebook page.

"If the weather turns severe, frequent updates will be posted on Baltimore County Emergency Management's Twitter, @BACOEmergency," according to a news release Monday evening.

Track road conditions and operations on the BC Snowfighter website.

Read more from this week's weather beat:

  • Snowstorm Could Drop Up to 10 inches in Baltimore Metro Area
  • Overnight Snow Expected this Week

 Do you think we'll get 5 inches of snow, if any? What's YOUR forecast? Tell us in the comments.

Janet Metzner March 06, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Amanda, that sounds like a good idea, get away from those large trees.
Cheryl Parks-Weidley March 06, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Evets, Okay, I picked up some wine. However, we had a little bit of some other "adult beverages" on hand. Cold weather causes such things to appear in the decanters annually. :)
Dennis Gilpin March 06, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Because of the high wind probability there could be power outages. I heard BGE is bringing extra trucks in to be ready for any problems. Couldn't believe the Home Depots were having a run on snow blowers and snow shovels.Home Depot thought they would have to store them until next winter. Probably have them on Craigs list in the summer. I guess generators will be next if there is a big power outage. My generator is gassed up and chained to the house LOL
Susan Brocki March 06, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I wonder how much money a meterologists in baltimore makes?
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