Monday February 1 2021

We are in nowcasting mode.  There is some computer guidance support, but as we have seen there are wide ranges and low confidence they are handling this well. So I will show you some analysis and then an idea of what to expect through Tuesday.

Sleet and Freezing Rain is And Will Continue To Change To Snow

Yes, it will snow for most of our region today, with additional accumulation. It will be heavy at times, and some lucky spots may get in snow rates of 1″ to 2″ an hour. Yes! Some of that ‘stuff’ on the edge of the is reaching the region.


Regional Analysis

This morning was the ‘Lull’ we expected. I still stand by the bulk of snow measurements on Sunday reached the target Part 1 storm forecast, and all has worked out so far.

A good argument can be made for the ice today overachieving and a bust.  Here is what that happened, and why the snow is starting to come back.


We never got above freezing!

February 1 weather storm temperatures 2 PM


Surface Coastal Low

This is intensifying, and you may notice the winds pick up over the next few hours as a result.  This remained closer to the coast than models suggested.  We talked about this last night.

Now we watch this wrap the moderate and heavy snow bands back west and southwest… to feed into the Mid Level Low at 700mb in Virginia.

February 2 weather storm afternoon Surface



700 mb Low

This is around 10,000Ft aloft, where the circulation is often in a different location. Here we have plotted it near Dale City, VA.

Think in 3-D as the moisture from the surface Low gets pumped into this Low.  That moisture pipe then gets other forces along the way to spread the moisture.

This is slowly moving east, undercutting the Surface Low.  This is what is allowing the colder air at cloud level.

This is why there is a transition back to sleet and snow expanding east (following the Low)

February 2 weather storm afternoon 700mb


Visible Satellite Snapshot

I’ve annotated what to look for here. Compare to the loop below and see the ‘spinning’.

February 1 weather visible satellite Mondah afternoon


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February 1 storm Visible Satellite Loop


Doppler Radar

I’ve annotated what to look for here. Compare to the loop below and see the ‘spinning’

The Pivot is when the moisture direction turns, as the colder air and coastal take over.   We are in the pivot zone.

It will be heavy at times, and some lucky spots may get in snow rates of 1″ to 2″ an hour.

February 1 weather snow radar afternoon




The transition has occurred and proving itself with heavy snow dropping south to southwest.

February 1 weather snow radar 330

Pouring Sleet

There was heavy icing for a few hours.

My friend Meteorologist Howard Bernstein Tweeted earlier from Clarksville, MD.  It has since turned to snow.





Afternoon Forecast

Change Over On Schedule According To The Euro

Winds Expected to increase 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

February 1 weather snow storm Monday 4 PM ECMWF


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Model forecasts suggest some of the heavy snow bands reaching in to Maryland.  The 700mb Low sliding through southern Maryland will help ‘pull’ down the cold air and snow through this evening.





February 1 snow forecast afternoon ECMWF

GFS Model

February 1 snow forecast afternoon GFS


Canadian GEM Model

This product showed the most snow, but has been the most wild and inconsistent with placement

February 1 snow forecast afternoon Canadian

My Forecast: 

I am remaining with my call from earlier today.

Big Winners: Northeast MD and Southern PA

Harford, Cecil, and Kent County

Additional 6+ inches through Tuesday


York and Lancaster PA

Additional 6 to 10 inches through Tuesday


Central Maryland:

Additional 2 to 6 inches.  The wide range depends on the banding that sets up. Get under a few and you hit the higher mark.

Bust Potential: If we get into the ‘comma head’ of the snow, these amounts could double.

If you were in my Storm Total of 6” to 12” by Tuesday, there is a good chance that verifies, even if on the lower end.


Eastern Shore:

Queen Annes County To Talbot County

Additional Accumulation of 2” to 4”

Temps support icy roads Tuesday morning.


Salisbury to Dover

Additional Accumulation of 1” to 3”

Temps support icy roads Tuesday morning.



My Original Forecast Through Tuesday

I will be graded on this map when the storm ends.

Washington may not get there, but Baltimore has a chance, along with the northern zones.

January 30 snowfall my call


uesday Morning

Below Freezing will lead to more icy spots

February 1 storm temperatures Tuesday Morning

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