Sunday December 6 2020

In our present cold air mass, there is one more piece of energy that will squeeze out some light snow. The system doesn’t look like much on the map this evening, but it will get a boost overnight. There is more support for this to reach into Maryland Monday morning and lay some snow on the ground. FITF

I was debating if it was worth making a snow map for this light event,  then realized it was best to show a comparison of four different computer models. The reason, as you will see below, is that most of southern Maryland should get enough to blanket the ground, but one outlier brings flakes into central Maryland. Of course I will show that (for fun).

Evening Weather Set Up

The Surface Low is in Tennessee, and will pass south of our region. Cold air from northern Minnesota will be diving south to give this a boost.

December 6 weather Sunday evening



Jet Stream: Water Vapor Satellite

I’ve highlighted the energy aloft, showing the translation to the moisture at cloud level.

The cold air diving south will force the moist air ahead of the storm to lift a little farther north. This is seen better on the loop below.

December 6 weather satellite water vapor Sunday


Water Vapor Satellite Loop

December 6 water vapor loop storm



Monday Morning Jet Stream: Vorticity

The core of the Cold Air/Trough will be located in western Pennsylvania. Around this is the pivot of energy diving into Indiana and Tennessee behind the storm. This is what lifts the energy from the Carolinas into Maryland.

The big question: How Far North will this get?

December 6 weather jet stream Monday morning


Southern Maryland Forecast Snapshot

December 6 weather foorecast Southern Maryland


Comparing the Models

It is accepted that southern Maryland gets in on the snow. But the HRRR (high resolution rapid refresh model) has been the most aggressive bringing the snow into central Maryland.

I call this the Pipe Dream Model, as I think even if the snow reaches that far north, it will run into dry air.  But I wanted to show it for fun, and maybe the dream to get flurries into Washington and Baltimore at daybreak.

IF there are flakes flying in metro areas, then this is the one model that deserves the credit.

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More Realistic Snow Tracks

The GFS bring the northern edge of light snow just south of Washington, and across southern Maryland between daybreak and noon.

December 6 weather snow Monday 10AM GFS


The European ECMWF shifts the snow a little farther south, skipping southern Maryland, but keeping the lower Eastern Shore near Salisbury and Ocean City on the edge.

December 6 weather snow Monday 10AM ECMWF


The NAM  3Km is that farthest south.

December 6 weather snow Monday 10AM NAM


How Much Snow May Fall?

This is the first of the season AND it has not been cold!  In fact, even with marginal temps in the morning, the Bay is a mild 46ºF.


Morning Temperature Forecast

December 6 weather temperaturea Monday morning



So, this is not a travel issue and if you are near the water, it may not even stick on the grass.  But inland, any stickage would most likely be on the car tops, grass, and trees.


Snow Forecast Maps

These model forecasts are in the same order as shown above.

Best chance for a dusting across Charles, Calvert,  St. Mary’s, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties.

HRRR Model Snowfall

December 7 snowfall Monday HRRR



GFS Model Snowfall

December 7 snowfall Monday GFS



ECMWF Model SnowfallDecember 7 snowfall Monday ECMWF


NAM 3 Km Model Snowfall

December 7 snowfall Monday NAM 3Km





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