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Snowfall expected for parts of Eastern Shore over weekend

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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:23 pm | Updated: 2:04 pm, Tue Jan 8, 2013.

EASTON - The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. predicts Eastern Shore temperatures to be close enough for a snowfall this weekend.

Meteorologist for NOAA Joe Miketta said a good part of the upper Eastern Shore will likely see snow, and the Lower Shore will probably get a wintery mix of snow and rain, but it's not certain where the snowfall line will stop.

"We are look at this to be a plowable snow," Miketta said.

Miketta said a plowable snow counts is a storm NOAA would probably issue a watch for, and the storm that will hit this weekend is expected to drop about 6 inches in northern states and 4 inches in southern states, which he said is watch worthy.

But Miketta also said those snowfall numbers are generous.

The low-pressure system is expected to come in from the southwest on Saturday morning.

Temperatures overnight Friday are supposed to reach a low of about 31 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation after 3 a.m.

The chance of snow carries through into Saturday with an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Temperatures are supposed to reach a high near 39 degrees, and the changing temperature throughout the day will trigger periods of rain and snow.

Miketta said since the Eastern Shore is the first area to get warm air coming in, the mix of warm and cold air could cause some sleet or freezing rain on Saturday, but it's still uncertain whether that will happen depending on how the low pressure system moves.

The low temperature for Saturday night will hover around 31 degrees, and the precipitation should start tapering off after 7 p.m, according to NOAA.

Sunday will see a high temperature around 38 degrees and is expected to be partly sunny.

Miketta said the storm could make morning commutes tricky, and residents should make sure to stay in tune with the latest forecast as the storm nears.

"If you don't have to go out in situations like that, don't," said Sandra Dobson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Dobson said rising and falling temperatures could make for slushy or icy roadways, and tractor trailers driving in those conditions with heavy loads is a "recipe for danger."

She said there are many common sense things that motorists can do to stay safer on dangerous roadways, including keeping ample distance between theirs and the next car, slowing down in speed and making sure the vehicle's headlights are clean.

SHA can pre-treat roadways for icy conditions so the ice doesn't stick to the roads, but Dobson said there hasn't been enough advanced warning lately when weather like that hits, and the warnings they have gotten haven't been on target much.

But Dobson assured SHA has snowplow drivers that train for this kind of weather all year long, so the roads are in good hands.

"When they're out there they're not new employees. These are seasoned, veteran employees who know what the dangers are of driving in snow and ice," Dobson said.

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