Update, 4:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Emergency Management officials participated in a 4 p.m. conference call with the National Weather Service. NWS reports that the heaviest snows are falling now, at a rate of two to three inches per hour. The heavy snow will continue for several hours, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. The storm should taper off as the evening progresses and finish around midnight.

Snowfall totals in the Baltimore area could reach as high as 30 inches in some places.

Winds should diminish slowly after sunset.

Coastal flood warnings remain in place and will remain in place until after high tide tomorrow morning.

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This morning's most recent update from the National Weather Service calls for high winds to continue through the afternoon, slowly tapering off through day. Our region could see 40 to 60 mph wind gusts before the winds begin slowly to subside.

Along coastal areas, the threat of wind-driven waves will diminish as winds shift and begin to come out of the north, creating a "blow out" tide; tides are expected to be three feet below normal. Some wave-driven flooding could occur in areas where the water is not frozen.

Central Maryland reports 13 to 23 inches of snow on the ground as of 9 a.m., with the highest amounts near the Mason-Dixon line. Snow will continue until about midnight, with some residual flurries until dawn.

Right now, the main hazards are poor road conditions, whiteout conditions from blowing and drifting snow and the possibility of power outages (however, Baltimore County reports very few power outages at this time.) Residents should remain indoors for the duration of this storm.