Monday March 5 2018

We have another strong Nor’easter about to develop nearby with wind and snow, but it won’t be a strong a the last one. That is the last thing you want to hear as nearly 30,000 people in Maryland are still with power from the last storm. The pattern we are in will keep us on the edge with marginal impacts, but there is more on the way. Three systems in the next 8 days. At his time, the focus is on the northern part of Maryland, with the highlights on Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil Counties. A chance for some snow this weekend and yet another strong storm next week. Before we get going and full on FITF, I just want to add the reminder that it is March. This time of the year we need heavy snow or it to fall overnight to have the best chance of stickage. Otherwise the higher sun angle will help keep the roads wet. But there is one other key factor. See more below.

Stats For March 5

Average High:  59ºF

Record High: 83ºF in 1976

Average  Low: 30ºF

Record Low: 10ºF in 1873

Snow Record: 6.2″ in 2015

Seasonal Snow To Date (at BWI): 8.7″

Sunrise: 6:33 AM

Sunset 6:03 PM

*Daylight = 2:33 longer than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 41ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House

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Storm Tuesday/Wednesday

The Low Pressure Will Develop just east of Maryland and explode with development as it pounds New England. This will send back colder wind and snow into northeastern Maryland Tuesday night and Wednesday.  See the local hourly timeline slider below.


Snow Timeline —> slider

Notice the resurgence of steady, moderate snow (dark blue) at the end of the time period. This storm will be gaining intensity and try to backfill Wednesday.

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Wednesday Morning Temperatures

This is important! We are hard pressed to find any freezing air with the snow Wednesday morning. Stickage will be limited to grassy areas and perhaps some slush on roads where heavier bursts fall before sunrise.

Three Chances of Snow

After this storm Tuesday/Wednesday, we will have a weekend clipper, then a stronger storm with colder air Sunday night into Monday. That might be the best chance for stickage and impact. 



Temperature Outlook

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Also See:

My Winter Outlook 2017-2018 for more snow

Maryland Winters

La Nina Formed: What it could mean to our winter

NOAA Winter Outlook: Not The Best But Not The Worst For Snow

Two Farmers Almanacs Winter 2018 Outlooks

Winter Weather Folkore: Suggestions from Animals and Crops

First Frost and Freeze Dates For Maryland (southern PA and northern VA)

My Preliminary Winter Outlook Notes

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: To Repeat Or Not Repeat

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

Extreme Weather of 2015 balanced out on both ends