Monday January 7 2019

One year ago today we set the record low temperature for Baltimore at 1ºF. Today marks the record snowstorm known as the Blizzard of 96 where BWI got 15.8″ of snow and between 2 and 3 feet feel in the suburbs. Today also marks the date on the calendar where our growing sun angle now increases daylight 1 minute or more each day. So time is ticking to get some winter in here, and we will.

Before snow lovers get nervous, the second and third week of January is historically the coldest time of the year, so we are on target for winter and this week will feel like it.  Today more clouds and chilly!  Perhaps some sleet on the north side as snow from the mountains pushes east ahead of a brief warm up. Today’s temps stay in the 30s, but the north end might have sleet pellets falling, just not sticking. The same is possible tonight and it’s worth watching for northern Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore counties in Maryland and across to York PA.

Next up will be a chance for snow or a wintry mix next weekend. I know, we already saw many examples of computer models not verify a week away. But there is agreement that some wintry event will try next Saturday and Sunday.


Local Weather Stats For January 7, 2019 in Baltimore

Average High:  41ºF

Record High: 74ºF in 1907

Average  Low: 25ºF

Record Low:  1ºF in 2018

                         *Record Snow:  15.8″ in 1996

Sunrise: 7:26 AM

Sunset 4:59 PM 

*Daylight = 1:00 longer than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 44ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 


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Morning Set Up


Winter Radar

Snow in the mountains is accumulating in Garrett County Maryland. This will spread east into warm air. It is likely to change to sleet or rain showers. See the slider below for how this may play out.


Radar Simulation –> slider

  • The model is showing rain, but colder air aloft may translate to sleet. It has trouble showing marginal ice potential.
  • Notice the freezing line is close, but northern areas and metro Philadelphia have chance for stickage

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High Temperatures 


Overnight Sleet?

This is worth watching as there may be some frozen precipitation for:

Northern Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore counties in Maryland and across to York and Lancaster PA.


Next Rain: Tuesday Night


Looking Ahead

Next Weekend Winter Weather?

I understand the computer models have NOT been reliable beyond 4 days this winter. We have seen many times with a chance for snow that did not verify. But this is the first time in weeks that we have any models showing something. However, there is still disagreement as to how this plays out. At this time, Saturday and Sunday are in play for snow. Do NOT expect specifics on the timing. What I am showing here is a rough estimate.

European Model

This is the most reliable model historically and it shows a wide spread of snow



This model has grown in respect, but shows a different set up. Here Low Pressure is farther west. We being with snow Saturday only to change to rain as it passes overhead Sunday morning and afternoon.





This version shows the coastal Low similar to the European Model, but a day later… On Sunday.


  • At this point, I would not change plans, but have a backup to anything scheduled next weekend.
  • Computer modeling has failed us this winter (so far) but the atmosphere is turning in the favor of snow. We can’t expect misses to be the norm.
  • The odds are that we get some wintry weather next weekend and the pattern remains cold and wintry for the second half of the month.


Temperature Outlook


Snow Day Kit

Our ritual the night before a storm is finally in one kit. Maybe if more Maryland kids had this, the storm would reach us 🙂

  • This includes a very soft raglan Tee printed inside out with #FITF AND the check list,  #FITF spoon for under your pillow, ice cube tray with snowflake shapes, chalk, a #FITF wrist-band, a mini SnowStix, and a bag to carry it all in.
  • The introduction special price will end tonight.
  • This will also help us give a free Snow Day Kit to each of the Just In Power Kids.



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Related Links:

Winter Outlook

My Winter Outlook 2018-19: Multiple Nor’Easters and more snow

Interactive Snow Report

November 15 Snow Reports- Interactive Map Compared To My Forecast

Winter Snow And Top 5 Wet Years 

Snowfall Seasons at Beginning and End of Top 5 Wet Years In Baltimore


Related Winter Outlooks

Tropical Hints At Winter Snow

Solar Cycle: When Sun Spots Are Low We Get More Snow

El Nino Modoki May Enhance Snow Chances

Sweet Spot: Hitting 70ºF on Halloween is followed by more winter snow

Will A Wet Summer Bring A Snowy Winter?


Winter Weather Folklore

NOAA Winter 2018-2019 Outlook Explained: This Actually Supports Snow

Winter Outlook From Two Different Farmers Almanacs

Maryland Winters: Snowfall Maps and Baltimore Snow History 




Snowstix- We Need You To Measure Snow Too

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