Storm Warning bumps again: 1 to 2 feet
Forecast creep has pushed the National Weather Service's storm forecast upward again. The latest Winter Storm Warning out of Sterling calls for snow totalling one to two feet by Sunday morning.
Here's the latest forecast discussion. And here's the forecast for BWI.
Foot's Forecast, meanwhile has settled on a storm total of more than 24 inches. Mr. Foot tells me he thinks that may prove to be too little. This is a very "juicy" storm, and some computer models predict accumulations closer to 29 inches, he said. That would be the storm of record for Baltimore.
Just thought you'd like to know.
I had some conversations with forecasters at Sterling this afternoon for the story we're running in the print editions on Saturday. Their best estimate at the time was 14 to 17 inches before it's all over.
No matter which of these forecasts proves accurate. we're in for a pretty good ride, the end of nearly three years of meagre snows in Baltimore. I notice the barometer has been on the skids all day, and the winds are out of the northeast. Let the wild nor'easter begin!
I will be blogging from home for most of the day Saturday, so be sure to check back here for more updates. Send me your reports and photos if you like. I'll try to use as much as I can manage. Blog traffic today, judging from the comments, has been phenomenal.
(SUN PHOTO/Jed Kirschbaum Feb. 17, 2003)
Here's the snow forecast map that Sterling published just before noon on Friday.