A very complex storm
Anyone who thinks weather forecasting for Maryland in winter is easy hasn't been paying attention to this storm. Just take a look at the forecast map in this dispatch from AccuWeather. Cold air from the north, warm air from the south, and just about every precipitation type you can think of sandwiched in between. And that's where millions of us live.
As usual, AccuWeather's chief snow-hawk, Henry Margusity, is arguing that the storm will draw in enough arctic air to give us more snow than the inch or two the Weather Service is forecasting for BWI His snow map shows some of us getting 3 to 6 inches. That could happen after the freezing rain tomorrow turns back to snow as the cold air pushes its way in. Click here and watch his video. See if you agree.
But any way you cut it, we're in for some nasty weather here tomorrow. And locations north and west of the I-95 corridor can expect more frozen precipitation, and snow, than the rest of us. My bet is there's no school Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday in the Baltimore area as the slop turns to ice. If they closed for last week's fluff, they'll have to close tomorrow, wouldn't you think? And places well inland, and on up into New England are in for a very memorable storm.
At the same time, we're still sitting here looking at a sunny day, and the warmest temperatures we've seen here on The Sun's weather instruments since Jan. 28. It's 45 degrees out there! But the barometer turned at 9 a.m. and is now sinking fast. Have you taken a look at yours lately?