Official snow total for Baltimore: 1 inch
The official measurement on Saturday's snowstorm for Baltimore came to a whopping 1 inch. The National Weather Service's station of record for the city is at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which was on the rainier, warmer side of this very varied storm.
But the snowfall map issued Monday by the forecast office in Sterling shows what we all already know - that the totals north and west of the airport were considerably deeper. Some locations within Sterling's forecast area reported as much as 8 or 9 inches of snow.
Parts of Carroll and Montgomery counties measured 6 and 7 inches. Locations closer to Baltimore ranged from an inch near the city, to 5 inches in the western suburbs of Baltimore County. Here are some more reports from across the region, from CoCoRaHS. Be sure to change the date to Dec. 6, and click on "New Snow." Some highlights:
Clarksburg, Montgomery Co.: 7.5 inches
Sykesville, Howard Co.: 6 inches
Mt. Airy, Carroll Co.: 5.5 inches
Ellicott City, Howard Co.: 4.1 inches
Cockeysville, Baltimore Co.: 3.1 inches
Severn, Anne Arundel Co.: 2.5 inches
Bowie, Prince George's Co.: 2.5 inches
Hamilton, Baltimore City: 1.1 inch
The distances between hardly any snow and considerable accumulations were often quite small. We had less than 2 inches on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville, but when we went to see friends for dinner in May's Chapel Saturday evening, they had what looked like 4 inches on their front yard.
And that's pretty much what forecasters had led us to expect. In fact, the forecasting on this quirky storm seems to have been quite good as it approached - from the timing, to the predicted accumulations, to the sharp differences in snow totals across small distances. Well done, Sterling.
(Photo courtesy of Gregory Hill, Owings Mills. Taken Sunday morning.)