UPDATED: Feb. 21, 2015 5:01 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Snow, record-setting cold, and more snow.
That may be how this week goes down in the record books. Meteorologists say the Baltimore/D.C. area will be hit with snow showers Saturday and switch over to sleet and freezing rain later in the day.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire D.C./Baltimore area from 9 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. NWS says there’s potential for 5 or more inches of snow and a tenth of an inch of ice in those areas.
Forecasts say the storm could bring up to a foot of snow in western Maryland beginning Saturday morning, and between 3 and 5 inches in other parts of the state.
State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters says motorists should not be out on state roads Saturday unless it is an absolute emergency. Peters says motorists on the roads are becoming stuck, and travel speeds are below 20 mph.
There have been traffic backups on the Baltimore Beltway and on the Capital Beltway around Washington. Traffic accidents have been reported across the region.
The highway administration says the heavy snowfall is covering roads shortly after snow plows have cleared lanes. Officials say crews won’t be able to clear highways down to bare pavement until the precipitation ends.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has ordered the Code Blue extended through 10 a.m. Wednesday. Baltimore City has been under a Code Blue declaration continuously since Feb. 12.
The city has experienced six deaths related to the cold weather this winter.
“In the past few days, Baltimore has experienced record-setting cold temperatures, and the forecast calls for single-digit wind chills for the next few days,” Dr. Wen said. “People need to take this very seriously – it is extremely hazardous and dangerous. The weather can literally be a matter of life or death for some individuals.”
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