Season’s first snowfall expected Friday night
— While there have been some recent flurries, the first appreciable snowfall of winter will arrive Friday night, according to meteorologist Justin Berk.
Berk, a weather consultant to schools, governments and businesses, said Thursday that the snow would begin to fall late Friday into Saturday morning.
“You’ll wake up to it Saturday,” he said.
While the generalized forecast for Cecil County is
1 to 3 inches of snow, Berk said the northern tier could see more.
“There could be 2 to 3 inches at the Pennsylvania line,” he said.
Later Saturday though, the snow will likely change to rain.
While it will remain cold throughout the weekend, Berk said the windy conditions experienced Thursday — with gusts of up to 50 mph in some areas — would diminish by Friday.
“But they’ll increase again Saturday,” Berk said, adding the wind would be warmer and continue into Sunday.
Cecil County roads crews and the Maryland State Highway Administration will take to the roads Friday to apply salt brine in a pre-emptive strike against the snow. The county has up to 38 trucks available, while the state can employ as many as 20 SHA trucks and 25 contractors. Each of the towns will also be busy salting and plowing.
Ken Fender, resident manager of the SHA office in Elkton, urged drivers to stay off the roads if possible to give plows and the salt a chance to work.
Meteorologist Justin Berk predicts Cecil County will see its first snowfall of the winter by Saturday morning.