10" to 15" on the Upper Shore, points north
Storm predictions for Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties, Delaware, and points north and east in Pennsylvania and New Jersey look even worse than ours. Forecasters are predicting 10 to 15 inches across that region, with snow falling at 1 to 2 inches per hour on Saturday afternoon. Things will crank up again on Sunday, threatening lighter snow, but stiff winds and blizzard conditions at times.
A blizzard is defined this way:
1) Snow and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for 3 hours or longer
2) Sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater.
There is no temperature requirement that must be met to achieve blizzard conditions.
Here's the bottom line for the Upper Shore and points north, from Sterling:
"SNOW IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE INTO EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, EASTERN
MARYLAND, DELAWARE AND SOUTHWEST NEW JERSEY LATE SATURDAY MORNING
AND THE REST OF NEW JERSEY BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE WILL AVERAGE 10 TO 15
INCHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE WARNING AREA.
"TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BECOME DOWNRIGHT HAZARDOUS AND ALL
UNNECESSARY TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED ONCE THE HEAVY SNOW BEGINS.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND POLICE IN YOUR
AREA. DRIVING CONDITIONS SHOULD START IMPROVING LATER SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AS WINDS DIMINISH.
"ANOTHER FACTOR WILL BE THE VERY LOW WIND CHILLS. AS WINDS INCREASE
SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY, WIND CHILL FACTORS WILL DROP BELOW ZERO
ACROSS NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY AND THE SINGLE
NUMBERS ELSEWHERE FROM SATURDAY NIGHT AND LAST THROUGH THE DAY ON
So, if you're planning a drive north on Saturday, you should probably reconsider, or take the train.