Snow dusts Southern Maryland; rainy weekend ahead
Maybe this was our Farewell to Winter storm. Parts of St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and Prince George's counties reported a dusting to a half-inch of snow on unpaved surfaces this morning as a weak storm drifted across the Carolinas and bumped into the dome of cold air to the north.
Park Hall, St. Mary's County: 0.8 inch
Waldorf: 0.5 inch
White Plains: 0.3 inch
Salisbury: 0.3 inch
Solomons: 0.2 inch
Lusby: 0.1 inch
There was a bit of snow in the air behind the White House TV reporters this morning. But the best this disturbance could manage across the region was 3 inches in Pendleton County in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. Hightown, in Highland County, Va., reported 3.5 inches.
Temperatures will remain well below normal, with rain for the weekend. Pretty dreary. Good for reading or sitting in a pub. And we won't break out of it until mid-week. Forecasters see a high near 60 degrees on Wednesday.
I think we should hang up the snow shovels for the year; we're through with winter. What we need now is a long, hard rain. And forecasters at Sterling are giving us a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. No good for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, but whatever we get - and they're calling for less than an inch - should be very welcome. BWI has had barely 3 inches since New Year's Day.
Looks like Prof. Foot's prediction of surprise delays for school openings in Southern Maryland today fell short. But there were a few late openings out in west-central Virginia - Nelson, Rappahannock and Page county schools, according to Steve Zubrick, the science officer at Sterling.