While the storm is expected to travel east by Sunday, most cities along the East Coast won't face almost as rough conditions as the Midwest.
"We're prepared; in fact, we just received 1,400 tons of salt this week", Clinton County Engineer Jeff Linkous said Friday, adding that crews and nine trucks would be out clearing snow and putting salt down over nine routes when the time came.
Forecasters say the heaviest snow is expected to fall late Saturday night into Sunday morning. It was unclear how reliable those last-minute predictions could be.
It was enough for the weather service to acknowledge that the storm's potential was increasing, suggesting a 10 percent chance of as much as 10 inches of snow for the Baltimore region. However, the main concern for winter weather will hold off until this evening.
A Winter Weather Advisory begins at noon today and will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday morning in the Pittsburgh area. Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Greenville-Spartanburg, Indianapolis, Louisville, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Washington Dulles and Washington Reagan National airports could also face issues Saturday and Sunday, the airline warned.
Anne Arundel and Harford County school systems announced cancellation of activities planned for Sunday.
As warmer air pushes northward, the precipitation will change to a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain for locations south of the 460 corridor. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for counties south of 36 Highway, including Platte, Clinton, Caldwell, and Livingston. There will be some sunshine on Saturday, but temperatures will stay in the chilly 30s.
Chicago area-projected snow totals (projections a little low south of I-80) forecast by the Chicago National Weather Service...
Snow will continue through the evening, then gradually diminish and end from west to east overnight.