Thursday December 6 2018

After flurries last evening, we have another morning with cold air and widespread thick frost.  You may think there has to be more out of this pattern. We have the cold, but the latest modeling might suggest the cold is too strong, which has been why there was that shift for the weekend storm to stay just south. Now we have that storm on the west coast so our date is more complete.


The ingredients are there for a strong storm to reach the coast and produce snow. Right now North Carolina and southern Virginia appear to get the most out of this… And it is because of the cold air arriving sooner and pushing farther south.  I still expect some wobbling and a shift north a little, but the odds of how far north are fading. I still have a 30% chance of this reaching central Maryland… See the latest below.

Local Weather Stats For December 6 in Baltimore

Average High:  48ºF

Record High: 77ºF in 1998

Average  Low: 31ºF

Record Low:  13ºF in 2002

                         *Record Snow:  5.9″ in 1910

Sunrise: 7:11 AM

Sunset 4:43 PM 

*Daylight = 0:58 shorter than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 42ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 


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Morning Snapshot





Evening Cold Front Snow

The snow will look impressive on radar to our west, but like yesterday it will fade. Also like yesterday, we will get more than the model shows… So flurries are definitely possible to reach central Maryland after 7 PM

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Skipping To The Weekend Storm

We now have more consistency with four models here slipping back south. This has taken the speed and strength of the cold front in earlier and farther south.  Timing the Low on the Southern California coast is what we will track.  I still believe there will be another shift a little to the north… but DO NOT want to put out false intensions.

Travel Planning: Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond may be the biggest cities with the biggest impact from this storm

Note: The model dance and display that has become mainstream on social media is nothing new. This is typical of weather tracking… So seeing shifts and adjustments is almost cliche, but now in full view of anyone interest.

I am keeping a 30% chance for Sunday afternoon and evening snow in central Maryland. Much less in southern PA, but southern Maryland towards Virginia is where the best chance for snow will be… and this will be a moderate event.


Oh (No) Canada

The Champion for metro areas to get snow all week has slipped the storm on a southern track… The northern edge still clipping southern Maryland.

Southern VA and western NC are in for impact snow and ice. Charlotte will be in the transition zone.



This upgrade to the GFS has actually come south to join the old GFS. The northern edge slipped just south of the MD line.

Southern VA and western NC are in for impact snow and ice. Charlotte will be in the transition zone.



This model is even farther south…

Southern VA and western NC are in for impact snow and ice. Charlotte will be in the transition zone.



European ECMWF

This is the model that created the hype beast. It has the best accuracy record and had us with a high impact storm in early tracks.  It has shifted south all week and now the farthest south.

Charlotte will be in the transition zone.


Temperature Outlook

We have our cold locked in for a week remaining well below average temperatures. The long range shows a brief warm up next week followed by the next cool down heading into the 10 Day Christmas countdown.


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