Thursday January 28 2021

I understand all of the excitement is about the potential snow storm starting Sunday and lasting a few days. I have Faith in the Flakes and believe winter is just getting started for us. However, I do not want to overlook the arctic air moving in.  Cold winds and most of the region staying below freezing for a few days is worth a look.

Stop me if you herd this before: The cold air will set the stage for stickage when the snow arrives.

I did say that for the last event and it worked out.  This time the cold air will be colder and we expect more snow to reach us.


Click here to see the snow arrival timeline and totals for just Sunday


It’s safe to call this arctic air. This is what we’ve been talking about all month with the Polar Vortex splits. This air mass is the first of a few surges over the next two weeks. Here’s a look at the jet stream forecast, and local forecast temperatures.  Then we can explore the latest on the Snow- Storm.

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January 28 jet stream arctic air



Friday Forecast

Morning Temperatures 

There is no denying the cold air is here!

January 28 weather forecast temperature Friday morning


Afternoon Temperatures 

Not much warmer in the afternoon. Notice how many areas are expected to remain below freezing.

January 28 weather forecast temperature Friday afternoon


Afternoon Wind Chill

Winds will be gusting over 30 mph at times.  However the steady wind will make it feel 10 to 20 degrees colder than the thermomete.

January 28 weather forecast temperature Friday afternoon wind chills



Central Maryland Snapshot

This is an idea of what it will be like in Howard, Carroll, and northern Baltimore Counties through Sunday.

January 28 weather forecast central Maryland



Storm Expectation

This is a very complex set up we classify as a Miller B. This is when a primary Low arrives from the west, then transfers energy to a coastal Low. 

  • This process can produce a lot of snow, but also can BUST if there is dry air in the transition.
  • There is also the mixing of warmer air during the transition that may not reach everyone.

It’s just another way we can split the region for some to get all snow, while others may start and end with snow, but have a mix or rain in the middle.


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Click here to see: This will be a Miller B type storm.  See the common winter storm types and all about local winters.


Storm Animations:

Compare the GFS that shows more mixing to the European ECMWF that looks colder is trying to keep more in the all snow zone.

GFS Model

Sunday 7 AM to Tuesday 7 PM

January 28 snow storm GFS



January 28 winter snow storm Euro



My First Call Expectations

Start: First Flakes Sunday between 7 AM and Noon

Much of the region will see accumulating snow on Sunday, and it could last most of the day.

*I am holding off on snow amounts until my Friday report. I had a little chat with my buddy Tony Pann today and he made a good point: It may be best to break the snow totals down per each day. Here’s why

How much snow depends mostly on the location of the coastal low formation, and rapid intensification. The establishes the cold air AND how much moisture comes in off of the ocean.

January 28 Snow Storm First Call

Zone A:

  • Mostly snow for the entire event through Tuesday morning. This should be the highest snow totals.


Zone B:

  • Sunday: Snow into Sunday night with moderate accumulation.
  • Monday: Mixing with sleet and freezing rain is likely at some point. This region may remain icy.
  • Monday Night into Tuesday: Back to all snow, ending by noon Tuesday. Additional accumulation likely.



Zone C:

  • Sunday: Mostly snow with moderate accumulation.
  • Sunday Night into Monday: Mixing with and changing to all rain is more likely. This would allow time to thaw roads.
  • Monday Night into Tuesday: Monday Night into Tuesday: Back to all snow, ending by noon Tuesday. Additional accumulation likely.


Zone D:

  • Sunday: Starting with snow with stickage and accumulation to impact travel. *It takes less here to do more than inland.
  • Sunday Night into Monday: Most likely to turn to all rain at some point.
  • Monday Night into Tuesday: Monday Night into Tuesday: Back to all snow, ending by noon Tuesday. Additional accumulation likely.



How Much?

I do NOT believe in giving snow totals too early because many factors can change. My first call is often within 48 to 72 hours of the first flakes.

In My Next Report On This Storm: I will share the comparison of the computer model snow projections as long as we agree it is the information I see, not necessarily my forecast.



About That Cold Air…. 


Briefly mild, but another shot of cold air expected by the first full weekend of February.

January 28 weather forecast temperature outlook






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