Think sloppy, not snowy
Funny how a minor winter storm gets amplified in the public imagination when we've had such a snow-free winter. You can hardly navigate on the National Weather Service's Sterling Web site this afternoon for all the heavy traffic they're getting from folks in the Baltimore-Washington region interested in tomorrow's snowfall.
Well, forecasters are still trying to figure out how this complex system is going to affect our region. They're watching the approach of what may well be the coldest temperatures of the winter, plus two low-pressure systems - one in the Gulf states and the other moving quickly out of California. They were supposed to merge and produce a bigger storm. But that doesn't appear to have happened.
Now it's looking more and more like we're going to see some snow in the air, followed by plenty of messy wintry mix as warmer air surges in from the south. Wet and slushy, and not too terribly much of that, would be my guess from what's being tossed about on the weather sites this afternoon.
The real news in the next few days may turn out to be the cold that's pushing south from Hudson's Bay behind this storm. Check out Churchill, in Manitoba. Our heaters are really going to be laboring. Tuesday's forecast high and low at BWI? 23 and 8 degrees!