COASTAL STORM | Blizzard warning on Eastern Shore, 6-10 inches of snow possible

COASTAL STORM | Blizzard warning on Eastern Shore, 6-10 inches of snow possible

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - As area highs stay near freezing, a developing coastal storm is set to target Maryland and much of the region.

That includes a blizzard warning for part of the Eastern Shore, including Ocean City, where six to 10 inches of snow are possible.

Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the lower Eastern Shore late Wednesday, which includes Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

“I urge all Lower Shore residents – and all Marylanders – to stay warm, stay safe, and avoid unnecessary travel. Freezing temperatures and heavy winds mean increased danger on our roads, even after the snow has stopped falling,” said Hogan in the statement. “The state stands ready to offer any and all necessary resources to impacted counties.”

This storm rapidly strengthens offshore tonight into Thursday. Both main forecast models keep the storm on a more easterly track in the Atlantic. This path gives the best chance for snow to points south and east of Baltimore. There is the potential for some light snow early Thursday locally with around an inch expected. This could cause some problems for your Thursday morning commute. Higher amounts of snow and bigger problems are expected where Winter Storm Warnings are posted from Dorchester County to the lower DelMarVa and for Lower Delaware for the possibility of several inches of snow.

Once this system departs, we'll receive another blast of arctic air. Friday is blustery and frigid with highs in the teens and wind chills in the single digits. Saturday stays sunny and cold with highs in the teens. Plan on more sunshine through the end of the weekend with highs in the mid 20s Sunday.

The next system may actually usher in significantly milder air for the beginning of next week. Monday is milder in the mid 40s with a chance of rain and snow showers. Rain is expected through early Thursday with highs remaining in the low to mid 40s.

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