Rain, Snow, Wind: Travel Concerns Ahead for Maryland

Planning to leave early for the holiday? A powerful winter storm is moving east and will bring rain, snow and strong winds to the Mid-Atlantic through Saturday.

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The rain will arrive Thursday evening in Baltimore and continue into Friday morning. Meanwhile, rain will change to snow in the mountains around midnight.

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Baltimore will dry out through Friday but travel conditions will worsen in western Maryland and western Pennsylvania. Heavy snow combined with strong winds will cause blizzard conditions at times. Westerly winds at 20-30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph will cause low visibilities and drifting snow. The snow will be confined to the mountains but we cannot rule out a light flurry reaching as far east as Baltimore by Friday evening. No snow accumulation is expected for areas east of Hagerstown.

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Saturday will be cold and windy across the Mid-Atlantic, as snow showers eventually taper off in the mountains.

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Total snow accumulations through Saturday could range from 1 inch to a foot, depending on location:

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By Meteorologist Ava Marie, 12/20/12

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