February 16 2021 Tuesday Afternoon Update

In advance of the impending snow and ice, The National Weather Service as issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of our region beginning Thursday morning. The end times vary based on location and expected impact and temperatures.

The short version is this: Thursday is going to be a snow and ice day limiting travel for a large area west and north of the Chesapeake Bay. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in Baltimore and Washington, along with all points inland.

Winter Storm Watch

  • These counties shaded in blue are expecting the largest impact from the storm.
  • Eastern Shore/Delmarva:  There will be some ‘stuff’ at the start to contend with that may still prompt and ‘advisory’ to be issued.
  • This is the first phase of public alerts.  Often within 24 hours of the start, these will get upgraded to A Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory. We should see the upgrades Wednesday morning.


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What to Expect:

See the model maps below


Quick Cast: Central Maryland Snapshot

Wednesday: Temps start off cold and stay near or below freezing.


  • Heavy snow starts before sunrise
  • Mixes with sleet and freezing rain from south to north during the day.
  • Northern areas will stay snow longer and get higher accumulation.

Thursday Night: Freezing Rain likely in metro areas, but snow might hang on inland if this colder trend continues. *That arctic air about to arrive is strong and sturdy!

Friday Morning: Ending with Freezing Rain or Snow Showers.

February 16 winter storm central Maryland weather


My Call For Snowfall 

  • This is my ‘low end’ confidence number. There is upside potential from here.
  • My forecast may be a little different from NWS or your other sources.
  • This falls in line with my thinking of a storm trending colder. 
  • Many areas are expected to get colder when this beings and remain below freezing for the entire event.
  • I will cap off the top range of snow by tonight or tomorrow morning’s report.


February 16 My First Call For Snowfall Thursday



Temperatures Remain Below Freezing For Big Cities

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Compare to the Canadian GEM Model Animation

This solution has trended even colder, and is now trying to keep snow in the region through Friday as well.




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I showed this in my last report. Here we see a different solution with the storm ending as freezing rain early Friday


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