Friday February 5 Evening Update

This is a follow up to my earlier forecast for Sunday snowfall. New updates include a look at the European and NAM KM model animation.  There is more confidence in this storm doing the phasing that we initially expected earlier this week. So what was on, then off, is on again.  It will be a wet snow, with some areas getting flakes falling with temps above 32ºF. But heavy rates can overtake the pavement.

This Winter Storm Watch issued by The National Weather Service is just another step in the process.  Only the government agency can post these advisories, but I can say with near certainty that more will get snow that are not included here. I will show why below.

All of these areas, and others outside will be upgraded on Saturday to either a Winter Weather Advisory or Winter Storm Warning depending on final snow expectations.


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Winter Storm Watch

This is in effect from midnight to 3 PM, but the heavy snow will fall in a narrow window.

  • Cecil County: Yes, this includes you!
  • Southern PA: You are not in This Watch, but still expect snow on Sunday.
  • Western Maryland: Expect lower accumulations.
  • Beaches: You may get some snow, but will mix over to rain.


February 5 Winter Storm Watch Sunday



Quick Cast:

  • Snow Begins: 2 AM to 6 AM.
  • Snow Ends: Noon to 2 PM
  • Snow: Most of the region will get a four hours of moderate to heavy snow. 
  • Mixing: Possible in southern MD and The Beaches
  • Temperatures: From the cities, around the Bay and Delmarva will be above 32ºF. That complicated stickage and accumulation during the daylight.


Here’s a look at a few computer models simulations and the Temperatures.  Then compare My Call For Snowfall to the model snow maps


Radar Simulation ECMWF Model —->  Slider

  • 2 AM to 6AM: Light snow moves in.
  • 6 AM to 1 PM: Heavy snow at times. Rates could reach 1 to 2 inches per hour.
  • 1 PM to 4 PM: Light snow ending.


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NAM 3Km Storm Animation
Quick moving storm in before dawn and out around noon.
Watch closely at in the Blue shading for purple banding. That is convective snow= the heavy stuff. There is a suggestion here that there could be thunder-snow. I don’t want to overplay this, but it is worth watch for central Maryland between sunrise and noon.
February 5 weather snow Sunday NAM

Temperatures —-> slider

Just a simple look at: Sunrise, Evening, and Monday Morning

It can snow when above freezing and stick if it is heavy enough. Temps drop well below freezing in the evening.


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My Call For Snowfall

I purposely went lower than model guidance.

I needed to account for the ‘wet snow’ factor. This can compress accumulation AND lead to more wet roads mid day.

But there is potential for a region to get a bust of heavy snow that over a few hours can overshoot the mark.

February 5 weather snow Total Sunday My First Call



Model Guidance


I went lower than many models shown here. But this European Model came in after my forecast and seems to be in line with my thinking.

February 5 weather snow total Sunday European



This also has very high snow across Delmarva  and southern Maryland. I need to consider the more likely scenario that the verified track will be a little farther north.

February 5 weather snow Total Sunday NAM 3 Km

GFS Model

This seems very reasonable.

February 5 weather snow Total Sunday GFS


Canadian GEM

This is the most aggressive model with high totals. It was the first to show high totals for last week’s storm, but was too far south.  The verification was abot 100+ miles north. It’s safe to assume that bias might occur again…

February 5 weather snow Total Sunday Canadian GEM



Wrap Up

  • This will be a moderate hit over the first part of Sunday.
  • We wake up to it, but should be able to get out by evening (for most areas that are treated)
  • Evening Icing: Quick drop in temps will freeze anything wet that’ untreated.
  • Monday morning: Among the coldest of the year so far…


My next Update will be Saturday Morning.




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