Wednesday January 9 2019

Arctic air is spilling in this evening as I write this update and it just set the mood right. At 9 PM the snow finally cross Baltimore as this snow band is moving into central Maryland along with cidl winds. It now feels like winter again, which makes the idea of snow a lot easier to take. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the radar that is acting like the season.

A Snow Squall Warning was posted for

Northeastern Washington County in north central Maryland…
Northern Frederick County in north central Maryland…

* Until 945 PM EST.

To effect Highway 15 near Thurmont and Maryland Highway 550
in Sabillasville.

I would watch this to expand the band with perhaps a quick 1 inch of snow near Walkersville, Mount Airy and Southern Carroll County.

Radar Animation


Click Here to see the arctic air that will be here tomorrow


Looking Ahead…

The snow event is still on and I still don’t think the models have the best lock. The good news is that if you want snow, it will be cold enough and our region is in the target. Also, there is reason to think the bias of the models will eventually show the prime snow zone shifting north of where is displays now. That puts central Maryland and southern PA in play.

The Cold air is the first part of the story. It will be cold enough for snow to fall and stick this weekend. The take away from this is that temps appear not as cold as earlier forecasts from this model. But they are still cold enough. The other important factor I will show below.

Temperature Outlook

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Storm Set Up

Light snow is likely to begin Saturday afternoon or evening. The main event will be on Sunday.

One concern has been how strong the arctic High Pressure in Canada will be. If this is too strong, then it would suppress the storm to the south. I don’t buy this! The temps above are one indication that the Euro Model is showing the influence of the storm to be farther north. In fact, if you remember the November 15 snow storm, that kept nudging north. So was the early December event that missed us but hit southern Maryland and VA. That also was a signal that the southern branch has brawn and will flex as it gets closer.

The Canadian Model Animation here shows the play of


GFS Model- Shows Two Parts 

While the American Models are limited in the government shutdown, this does bring up an interesting idea. The initial overrunning snow on Saturday may fade and then the primary storm develops on Sunday.


European Model –> slider

This model comes with the most reliability historically. It appears to be on to the two part event as well, with the main storm on Sunday showing most of the snow south of Baltimore.

I am not convinced on this location as I still see a bias too far south. So central Maryland and Southern PA are still in good shape to get in on the main action.

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First Call For Snowfall:

Thursday evening will be my first call for this event. I want to give you my best educated guess to start rather than just throw around what models are showing. But at this time I would plan on some impact Saturday night and better chance to be impacted on Sunday to some degree.



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