UPDATE (9:05 p.m.)—The biggest storm of the winter has dumped large amounts of snow on Baltimore County overnight, causing school and government closings and keeping drivers off the roads.
Baltimore County was plowing roads Thursday evening, as snow continued to fall, officials reported just after 8:30 p.m. It may be difficult for oncoming traffic to see vehicles at intersections due to high-piled snow, according to an update on the Baltimore County snowfighter page at approximately 6 p.m.
"Delaying travel is the best way to avoid being stranded," Melinda Peters of the State Highway Administration said.
The State Highway Administration planned for its crews to focus on ramps, intersections and shoulders throughout the night, Peters said.
Baltimore County said that it aimed to have all streets plowed by midnight.
Up to 19 inches of snow had been reported in Baltimore County by 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, which provided the following unofficial snow totals:
- Glyndon—19 inches
- Reisterstown—18 inches
- Parkton—16.5 inches
- Towson—15.8 inches
- Hereford—13.8 inches
- Oella—13.5 inches
- Cockeysville—13 inches
- Rosedale—13 inches
- Perry Hall—12 inches
- Catonsville—11.8 inches
- White Marsh—11.5 inches
- Essex—11.2 inches
- Timonium—10.5 inches
- Dundalk—10.3 inches
A winter storm warning is in effect for Baltimore, Howard, Harford, Carroll and Montgomery counties until 5 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Moderate to heavy snow is expected to continue through the evening, with 15 to 24 inches of snow accumulating altogether, the weather service reported.
Travel will be "extremely dangerous," the weather service said, and roads will be slippery. Wind gusts up to 35 mph are expected overnight, which could lead to power outages.