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March 1, 2009

Snow begins in Va., Annapolis

There's no sign of it yet out on the WeatherDeck (at 6 p.m.), but light snow has begun falling in Virginia and Annapolis, according to the National Weather Service. Here's the radar loop. And snowflakes/NOAAhere's the report from Fredericksburg, Va., where it has been snowing since before 4 p.m.

There has been no significant change in the forecast since this morning's post.

The official forecast for BWI calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow at BWI tonight, with 5 to 9 in Annapolis. Frederick is slated for 3 to 7 inches. Salisbury on the Eastern Shore is in line for 2 to 4 inches. Everybody could get a bit more on Monday as the storm pulls away.

The band of heaviest snowfall with this storm will be quite narrow. But within that band the snow can be expected to be quite intense for several hours tonight, forecasters say, with as much as an inch an hour falling at times between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Here's abit of this afternoon's forecast discussion:

"FOR AREAS FROM THE BLUE RIDGE TO INTERSTATE 95 5 TO 7 INCHES OF
SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. BETWEEN I-95 AND THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY TOTALS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED."AccuWeather.com

Here's AccuWeather.com on the storm. Their snowfall map still has central Maryland in the 3-to-6-inch range.

Let us know what you're seeing. Heck, it may be another three years before we see another decent snowfall in Baltimore.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 6:10 PM | | Comments (11)
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It's snowing here in the 2100 block of East Baltimore St. It's a very fine snow that wafts horizontally with the breeze.

FR: Ditto for the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville. It's also still 36 degrees, and nothing is sticking. Yet.

Well, it's snowing heavily here in Lusby right now - it's 7:10pm. We have about two inches on the ground right now.
Snow in December is fun - snow in March, not so much...

Change the topic for a moment. Was the Feb precip record set. I'm sorry if you answered this somewhere, but I did not see it anywhere.

FR: It was. February 2009 ended with 0.26 inch of precipitation at BWI. That breaks the record of 0.36 inch, set in February 2002 (a severe drought year for Maryland), and makes it the driest February on record for Baltimore.

In Pigtown, there's a light snow/rain falling. Nothing laying... yet. (8p.m.)

About an inch, maybe an inch and quarter down by the Bay Bridge in Cape St. Clair at 9:30. Worried about the dry slot racing towards us.

in charles village, extremely fine little flakes are falling. sticking on cars but so far melting on the road. i'm crossing my fingers it will begin to stick!

It's been coming down in Annapolis for a few hours now. Sticking to roads, cars, everything. Probably have about two inches already, and it's still snowing pretty hard. But I've heard plows have already been out to the main roads, so we'll see how things are in the morning.

Snowing lightly in Harford County by the bay. Looks like about a 1/2 inch on the deck railing and the grass is totally blanketed. I'm happy! I love snow! Too many disappointments this year. I'm still a little skeptical about this one.

FR, I want to thank you for your interesting and enjoyable blog. I mainly read it when there is severe weather, but must check in more often. The "catbird" story was lovely. Also have been meaning to thank you for sending me a personal email reply last fall when I was worried about surge in what turned out to be a do-nothing tropical storm. Thanks for the message, sorry I didn't reply at the time.

Sooo, I think those of us between 95 and the bay are supposed to get the deeper snow. Sounds good to me.

As of 11:10 pm, inch/hour of snow. 1.3 inches in southern Carroll County.

The radar showed snow over Columbia for hours before it actually began snowing for real after 8pm.

I predict that once again, this storm is overhyped and at most, we'll have 2 inches on my porch tomorrow morning.

Yay! Someone else used the expression that the snow is "laying." It's not just me, after all!

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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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