Friday January 29 2021

It will snow on Sunday! FITF!  Before jumping in to the storm arrival, we should look at the cold air in place today.  Arctic air continues to surge in and this will be the coldest day many of us have felt in two years.  Winds will be gusting up to 35 mph and it will feel like the teens or lower 20s.   Lake Effect Snow to our north will send a mix of clouds our way.

Our next storm is in California today. We will track that across the nation, likely to bring us out first flakes on Sunday between 7 AM and noon. Below is a look at the timeline and snowfall just for Sunday. There will be some more stuff to follow afterwards.

Friday Morning Weather

January 29 Friday morning surface weather





January 29 weather Friday morning temperatures


Wind Chill


January 29 weather Friday morning wind chill


Forecast Maps Today


Strong winds form the Northwest all day, but will peak around noon. Expect 15 too 20 mph with gusts to 5 mph.

January 29 weather Friday wind speed



Afternoon Temperatures 

January 29 weather Friday Temperatures afternoon


Afternoon Wind Chill

January 29 weather Friday Temperatures wind chill



Forecast Snapshot: Central Maryland

January 29 weather forecast central Maryland


Sunday Snow Timeline —> slider

This is the Canadian GEM Model. There are a few different solutions, however I am sticking with this for now.

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How Much Snow On Sunday

At this time it looks like much of the region should be in for 3 to 6 inches of snow on Sunday.   Remember there will be more to the storm, but that all depends on how the coastal Low develops on Monday.

January 29 weather snowflal Sunday



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.

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.




Temperature Outlook 

January 29 weather Temperature outlook




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