Saturday October 28

There is a distinct line of rain this morning from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. The back side shows a band of snow around Indianapolis highlighting the cold air waiting to move in.  The way this storm is set up is like a slow moving wall. It will take much longer to reach us than it might appear thanks to strong southerly winds that will get us to near 70ºF this later today. The rain will push into the mountains this afternoon and then appear to stop. So western Maryland will get wet this afternoon, but warm winds and dry weather for metro areas and the Eastern Shore most of today.  Tonight that wall will break down and allow the rain to reach us in showers, then the heavier stuff Sunday morning.

As I see it, the heaviest rain locally will be Sunday morning and then a lull as the coastal Low develops mid day. The radar simulation below shows the afternoon will have showers then steady rain as the wind gradually pick up.  Another heavy push of rain will arrive by Sunday evening just as we watch it turn to snow above 2,000 Ft elevation in Garrett County.

The snow in Garrett County is expected Sunday evening and will last into Monday morning. It will be cold enough for stickage and accumulation and I plan to be there to show it to you with a big smile. FITF


Stats For October 28

Check out the record temperatures only 1 year apart.

Normal High:  63ºF

Record High:  87ºF in 1919

Normal Low: 41ºF

Record Low: 27ºF in 1976

Sunrise: 7:30 AM

Sunset 6:10 PM

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Coastal Storm Developing Sunday

This will be interesting to watch for the track of the Low for hints of future events. The trend has been for verification farther east than the GFS Model shows here. But the colder air will surely bring snow to the western Maryland mountains Sunday night.

Sunday Rain And Mountain Snow

This is a long slider. Watch the heavy rain in the morning break to showers, then steady rain redevelops in the afternoon thanks to the coastal storm. Another heavy push of rain Sunday night as the cold air and strong winds arrive.

Expect a wet day, but the heavy rain will be in the morning and again later in the day. The strongest winds will likely be towards evening and at night.


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Rainfall Expectation



Mountain Snow Forecast

I am planning to be in Garrett County Monday morning to show you the snow.


Temperature Outlook

This product tends to run a little warm. Highs will be in the 50s next week with more frosty mornings. Halloween will be cool and dry.

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