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One fisherman has been rescued and two are missing in the waters 15 miles east of Assateague Island, the Coast Guard reported Wednesday afternoon.
The Coast Guard received a distress signal at 10:39 a.m. from the 67-foot fishing boat, Seafarer, which was disabled and being towed by a sister vessel when the line parted in 40-mph winds and 12-foot seas.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C, found one man on a life raft and rescued him. The unidentified man was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
The Coast Guard has deployed a 47-foot rescue boat from Station Chincoteague to continue the search.
Ocean City officials warned of higher-than-normal tides and beach erosion, with rough surf and wind gusts up to 50 mph through the evening.
A wind advisory was in effect until 11 p.m. for much of central and southern Maryland, with winds gusting to 45-50 mph expected.
2:40 p.m.: Odds for any late snow accumulations are waning, meaning what relatively few flakes have fallen across the region are likely to be all that's coming, according to one weather service forecaster.
The weather service canceled its winter storm warnings for the region about 2:30 p.m., replacing them with a winter weather advisory.
"We were expecting the cold air from out west to move in and modify the air mass over Central Maryland and give you some accumulating snow in the afternoon and evening, but it appears it won’t move in fast enough," said Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician in the weather service's Sterling, Va., office. "The low is going to move away before that happens."
Snowfall totals around the region have not budged far from where they stood late Wednesday morning, with about 4 inches across northern Baltimore and Carroll counties, an inch or two in Howard County and just a trace at BWI Marshall Airport, according to weather service reports.
AccuWeather.com meteorologist Bernie Rayno, who acknowledged getting a lot of spiteful messages on Twitter from snow lovers, said he is still holding out some hope for snow showers over Central Maryland in a video posted Wednesday afternoon. But the earlier calls for as much as 8-10 inches across the Baltimore area were clearly no longer in the cards.
Strong winds were meanwhile expected to continue. The Maryland Transportation Authority shut down the Bay Bridge because of high winds.
1:07 p.m.: Given widespread school and office closures, the scant precipitation made for an awkward snow day for many.
In downtown Towson, the only difference from any other nasty afternoon was a lack of bustling bodies. Some businesses made the best of the lack of snow.