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February 27, 2008

Snowy day in the mountains

I was just sitting here knocking out some Weather Page comments for later in the week, noting how little snow we've had this winter here in Baltimore - just a shade over 8 inches. Of that, more than 7 inches fell in just two storms. How different it's been out on Maryland's western frontier.

Dave Buck, at the State Highway Administration reminded me last Friday, as I was putting together our Saturday ice-storm story, that parts of the mountain counties have seen 25 accumulating snowstorms this winter. Keyser's Ridge, in Garrett County has had a total of 75 inches, Buck said.

Deep Creek Lake web cam

Deep Creek Lake image from Railey Realty webcam 

Or at least that's what they'd had by Friday. There's more snow ahead for those folks this week. A Heavy Snow Warning is posted for Garrett. Cold air pouring into the region from the northwest is bringing more snow out there today. Some locations in Garrett and Allegany will see 5 to 8 inches today and tonight, with up to 10 inches possible in some spots.

There are scattered snow showers in the forecast for us flatlanders, but with temperatures already in the 40s, that seems like wishful thinking. But colder air is piling in. BWI will sink to 20 degrees tonight, and with stiff northwest winds, the wind chills will drop to the teens, despite the return of some sunshine.

There could be still more light snow for the mountains on Friday as another little storm trips down from the Great Lakes. We get rain. Saturday bumps up the risk of snow showers again, but Sunday and Monday look like a breath of spring. Highs will run up into the 50s, to near 60 degrees by Monday.

The next storm could bring us heavy rains by Tuesday.  We'll take them. 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:37 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Winter weather
        

Comments

These western mountain totals are sounding a good like what we've seen throughout the northern hemisphere this year.

So nobody should be thinking that our warmer, less snowier pattern, is indicative of what's been going on elswhere.

Because this just hasn't been the case.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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