Ask Mr. WeatherBlogger: Any snow in the forecast?
Roseanne Lantz writes to ask this question:
"Does it look like we might be getting any snow in the next few weeks?"
Looking for a little break from work? Or school? Jeepers, Rosie, we just had a pair of long weekends. Some of us even made it an 11-day holiday. Now you want a snow break? Or, maybe you dread snow, and want to sleep easier for a coupla weeks. OK. Either way, it's tough for the pros to forecast with much accuracy beyond a week or so. But here's the best I can find:
The coast is clear for the next week. Today's storms are well to our north. Tomorrow's are well to our south. There's no precipitation in the forecast for our region except for a chance for showers by next Tuesday. Anyway, the daytime highs will be in the 40s - too warm for snow. And overnight lows will barely dip below freezing. That's all 3 or 4 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Beyond next Wednesday, it's harder to say. Here's the 8-14-day forecast map for precipitation. Looks like the above-normal precip is to our north, with below-normal to our south. We're near normal. And here's the map for temperatures. Again, it looks like we're near-normal or above. Not the best scenario if you want snow.
Finally, if you want to go by averages, we've had 6.5 inches so far this season - a half-inch in November and 6 inches in December. That's well above average for the season to date. We're still well short of the seasonal average of 18 inches for BWI, but there's still a long way to go 'til Spring.
Hope that helps.