Looks like the forecasters out at Sterling worried us needlessly with their fretting late yesterday over where and when the rain would give way to flurries, or snow showers, and whether as much as an inch of snow might slick up our morning rush.
It didn't. At least not in the metro areas.
We never sank below 39 degrees here at The Sun. And we haven't recorded any precipitation since shortly after midnight. And that's okay. We had plenty - all rain - yesterday. We clocked in 1.42 inches here at The Sun for the duration of the storm. BWI saw 1.59 inches.
Worcester County wins the prize for the most rain, with more than 4.6 inches at Berlin and Bishopville. Rivers and streams across the region are at or near record levels for the date. (That's Western Run in Ashland below.) Here are some more readings:
Prince Frederick: 2.53 inches
Vienna: 2.25 inches
Salisbury: 2.22 inches
Frederick: 2.22 inches
Westminster: 2.09 inches
Bel Air: 2.01 inches
Columbia: 1.98 inches
Cockeysville: 1.87 inches
Towson: 1.78 inches
It's been a tough week for meteorologists. This storm produced snow in New Orleans, and Houston, but it couldn't sqeeze out a flake for Baltimore. Listen to them squirm in this morning's discussion from Sterling:
"THE CHALLENGES JUST KEEP COMING ... ALONG THE WESTERN FRINGES
PRECIPITATION IS FALLING INTO COOLER AIR AND CHANGING TO SNOW.
MAIN PROB IS THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY CURRENTLY IN EFFECT. PRECIPITATION IN SOUTHERN VA IS THE MAJOR SOURCE OF PRECIPITATION IN THE I-95 CORRIDOR EARLY THIS
MRNG...NOT A CHGOVR TO SNOW AS COLDER AIR PULLS IN BEHIND A DEPARTING
COLD FRONT. BECAUSE OF THE PRECIPITATION TRAJECTORY BELIEVE MAJORITY OF PRECIPITATION IN MONT/HOWARD/BALT COUNTIES WILL BE RAIN BETWEEN 10 AND 14Z [7 AND 11 EST].
"ANOTHER FACT TO CONSIDER IS THAT BOTH MD AND VA ROAD TEMPS ARE IN THE UPPER 30S.
FOR THIS YR WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED LOWER ADVISORY CRITERIA IN MAJOR
METRO ROUTES DURING RUSH HRS (1"). BUT EVEN W/ THAT AM UNSURE 1" IS
GOING TO BE REALIZED...CERTAINLY NOT ON ROADS AND I`M DOUBTING
EVEN ON GRASSY SURFACES. BECAUSE OF THIS I`M PULLING THE ADVISORY FOR
MONT AND HOWARD.
"MUCH OF BALTIMORE COUNTY TO BE LIQUID AS
WELL...BUT COULD SEE A CHG TO SNOW IN NORTHERN PART OF COUNTY SO THEY
STAY IN ADVSRY.
"FURTHER WEST THE 2" ADVSRY CRITERIA REMAINS. I WISH I COULD SAY MY
CONFIDENCE OF THAT WAS HIGH...BUT IT`S NOT. HOWEVER I DON`T FEEL
CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO OVERTURN..AS COOLER AIR WILL BE ENTERING THE
AREA AND SOME SNOWFALL IS LIKELY. EVEN THERE, ROAD TEMPS ARE IN UPPER 30S
SO ACCUMULATION ON ROADS NOT EXPECTED...ONLY ON GRASS."
Straightforward enough for you?
The bottom line is we'll have to wait a while longer for our first real bout with Old Man Winter. The 7-day forecast calls for the clouds to clear out gradually today as the storm departs to the northeast and high pressure builds in for the weekend.
The only sunshine in the forecast comes Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures warming to near 60 degrees again by Monday as we come into the return flow around the high and winds swing back around to the south.
Then things get wet again as another cold front approaches from the west. Forecasters expect steady rainfall across the region on Tuesday, cooling things back closer to seasonable 40s.
For snow lovers there is only bad news in the discussion: "No major storm systems highlighted on the horizon as zonal (west to east) flow sets up and these weak low pressure systems slide across the region at a fairly fast pace."