Tuesday December 10 2019

Want to stay up late to watch snow or hope for a delay in the morning? My kids do and forgive any typos here because they were playing their saxophone and trumpet while I wrote this.

The coldest areas in the Winter Weather Advisory should see snow mixing in or taking over between 9 PM and midnight. This system is proving to be a little faster, which also means it will be done sooner. The good news is that’ if there is an impact’ on the roads, we will know early.  I’ll have more on that plus my final snow impact map below.


This post has the HRRR Model snow simulation and temperature timelines. This model does best in the short time frames since it is initialized and updated every hour.  But first, let’s look at the set up as of 8 PM.

Common Questions

Can it snow when temps are above freezing?

Yes! Plus the colder the clouds and snowflakes, the longer the flakes can survive to the ground and even overcome the warmer ground to start stickage and accumulation.

Can snow stick on the roads after a rainy day in the 50s?

Yes! The colder rain and then snow this evening will help cool the pavement. Also, snow falling at night has a better chance to stick. Faster intensity can increase the likelihood for snow sticking to the roads even when above 32ºF. That is why I expect some slippery roads are possible for metro Baltimore and even the Eastern Shore during the morning.

Will there be school?

Most likely yes, but a delay is possible.

In Maryland it is possible to get a delay in a county under the Winter Weather Advisory, where there is a delay and the snow stuck in a colder part, even if it’s wet at your house.

In Maryland: Washington, Frederick, Montgomery, Howard, Carroll, Baltimore, and Harford.

In Pennsylvania, there is no advisory, but there will be snow to stick on the roads in Adams, York, and Lancaster.



Tuesday Evening Weather

The cold front has already moved through and temperatures are dropping. The rain in place is part of the upper level system I described in my prior report. This is not a typical front, when you would expect the back end snow to fade away. This moisture is streaming in with the help of a jet streak, and it will catch with colder air for snow overnight.


Doppler Radar (Winter Mode) at 8 PM

There will be breaks in the activity. The next surge of energy is likely around midnight to 5 AM.


Temperatures at 8 PM

These numbers are dropping and will continue to do so. Also when the next wave of energy arrives and produces snow, it will drag colder air down to the surface. The reason the Winter Weather Advisory kicks in at 2 AM is that is when the temps are expected to drop below freezing



Timeline Sliders

Here is the HRRR Model. This is just one of more than half a dozen models I look at.  I am most interested in when the snow begins and when/where it can stick on the roads.  I have little confidence in models snowfall outputs. Many seem overdone and not accounting for melting.  Also, you will measure more on the grass than the pavement for sure.

But it’s also possible that some places have wet roads that start to freeze between 3 AM and 6 AM. So travel near and definitely inland from the cities will be hindered in the morning.

Radar Simulation —> slider

Snow should be seen west of the city/I-95 by midnight. But overnight reaching to the Bay and upper Eastern Shore.

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My Final Call For Snowfall

This has not changed much since last night. Zone descriptions are below the map. I apologize for A and D looking similar. It saved that way and I ran out of time to fix it.



Zone A: Light snow but colder. A coating to 1 inch ending by 3 AM.  Up to 2 inches in spots with a heavier burst. Temps will drop below freezing, so even wet roads cold be icy in the morning.

Zone B: Winter Weather Advisory. Mostly 1 to 2 inches. Some spots up to 3  inches. Temps reach freezing and roads likely to turn icy and snow covered. Snow ends in the morning. 

Zone C: Snow will fall and coat the grass. A coating to 1 inch. But if there is a heavier burst, up to 2 inches if you are lucky. There may be some spots that turn slick if heavier snow bursts can overtake the warmer pavement. Temps should remain at or just above freezing.

Zone D: Snow will fall in the morning and likely coat the grass. A heavier burst might briefly coat some roads early in the day, but temps stay above freezing. Snow showers end by 8 to 10 AM for most here.


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