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UPDATE: Snow Less Likely Thursday in Baltimore County

The National Weather Service has downgraded its predictions for snow in Baltimore County.

UPDATE (Jan. 17, 12:54 p.m.)—The Baltimore area may have dodged 2013's first snow storm. Conditions have been significantly downgraded from earlier predictions of more than 5 inches of snow in the southern areas of Maryland. 

Thursday afternoon could bring a mix of snow and rain over Baltimore County after 4 p.m. Expect a high temperature around 42 degrees and northwest winds between 3 and 5 mph. Rain and snow may continue between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. with temperatures dipping below 30 degrees, the National Weather Service reports

Winter Storm Watch for Howard, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties and points south, including much of northern Virginia—where more than 5 inches of snow had previously been predicted—has been canceled by the National Weather Service. Those areas may experience less than an inch of snow.

During hazardous weather conditions, the Maryland State Highway Administration asks drivers to try their best to move disabled vehicles onto the shoulder

Drivers should also keep emergency survival kits including the following, according to the SHA: 

• a shovel
• jumper cables
• snacks
• blanket or sleeping bag
• flashlight with extra batteries
• high calorie non-perishable food
• first aid kit
• extra clothes
• bottled water
• a charged cell phone
• kitty litter or other abrasives

For updates on major incidents, delays, estimated travel times and weather conditions, drivers may call the SHA's traffic hotline at 511 or visit md511.org

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Steve January 16, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I guess I will have to run out and buy some bread, milk and toilet paper then.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Don't forget a Redbox, too. Every time bad weather is predicted, all the movies worth watching get sold out immediately :)
M. Sullivan January 16, 2013 at 06:55 PM
..and a shovel. Doesn't everyone throw theirs out every year?
Tim January 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Great. Enough to be annoying, not enough to be fun.
12 Gage January 16, 2013 at 07:27 PM
WOW , Is school closed yet !!! Just thinking about snow call's for a closing
Sher Katz January 16, 2013 at 07:31 PM
what is the big deal, it melts within 24 hours...
Jeffrey M. Doran Jr. January 16, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Geez! I was actually planning on going to the store tonight too. Now I'm going to have to watch all these nut jobs going crazy
John Doe January 17, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I just bought 400lbs of kitty litter from Pets-R-Us - I'm ready.
FIFA January 17, 2013 at 01:35 AM
wow
Brian L January 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Don't know where that forecast came from. I'm looking at "less than a half inch possible". Is the Patch sponsored by a grocery store? Trying to create a run on B, M&TP ?
kevin culler January 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM
@brian....good one lol
Elizabeth S.P. January 17, 2013 at 02:02 PM
It must be a conspiracy by the supermarkets, milk, toilet paper vendors and bread vendors and those who sale shovels; where are the truthers so they can shed some light in the subject....hahaah
Brett Ungar January 17, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Weather.com says 40 degrees and cloudy at 5pm. Possible Weather Report Fail Pikesville Patch!
Gomer Pyle January 17, 2013 at 02:38 PM
John Doe, you are all set if you run out of toilet paper.
John Doe January 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM
GP - That was a good response - made me laugh.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM
UPDATE: Snow less likely Thursday in Baltimore County - http://patch.com/A-1jr6
melissa January 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM
You are right about that, I can't believe how people get so overwhelmed over a little snow.
melissa January 17, 2013 at 06:07 PM
That is so funny,and you must be so right, i love it.
M. Sullivan January 17, 2013 at 06:55 PM
It's amazing, confidence of these weather forecasters, when trying to predict weather around here. They throw out these 5 and 10 day forecasts when they can barely succeed with one day in advance.
John Doe January 17, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Great...no snow and 400lbs of kitty litter. I guess I'll go buy some cats.
M. Sullivan January 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM
..or one big cat with digestive issues.
John Doe January 17, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I think I'll just save it for the next non-snow storm. Also, the photo should be updated to kids holding sleds staring at grass.
M. Sullivan January 17, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Hahahahahahahaha! No snow day for you, kids. Get back to school!
Earl F Spangler January 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Whatever! Baltimore going to get its winter stolen again like last year. Stop! Teasing me its really not fair. When it snows you say its not. When its not you say it is.:(
Rudolphtherednosereindeer January 18, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Mrs claus need to go talk to Mother Nature so she can get heat miser and cold miser to act right
Gabriel Anthony January 18, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Cannot believe all this snow we got.
michael mooney January 22, 2013 at 05:26 PM
just put the cat litter in the flower beds. The cats will add the fertilizer later.

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