BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A winter weather advisory will be in effect in much of Maryland this afternoon and evening, with freezing rain and expected hail.
Notices enter into force between 1 and 3 p.m. and expire between 7 p.m. and 9 pm, depending on the county.
The notice has provoked school systems, including Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Schools, Harford County Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools . to close three hours before due to bad weather heading towards the area.
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According to the National Weather Service, a winter mix of freezing rain and sleet is expected.
"Remember, freezing rain is when liquid water hits the frozen ground and is covered immediately," says Marty Bass of WJZ.
Ice will lead to very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges. It could also cause slippery and dangerous conditions during the afternoon trip.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is urging people to make early travel plans. The Maryland Transportation Authority is also telling people to consider adjusting travel times if they can.
According to Marty, relief is on the way. There is "a great thaw in our path," he says. The maximum temperatures will reach 40 degrees on Tuesday, and are expected to be until the mid-50s.
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