Real snow stays south
Looks like the worst of the wintry weather will stay well to the south of the Baltimore area, though we will likely see some flakes, and maybe enough to whiten the ground.
Steve Zubrick, the science and operations officer at the NWS forecast office in Sterling, Va., sent along the map above, which shows the geography of all the watches and warnings posted today for the storm that is moving east after slicking down portions of Texas and Oklahoma.
Here's his note:
"I found this image impressive...showing the east-west swath of winter storm warnings/watches for the southern track storm system moving east currently. Haven't seen that wide and consistent a swath in a long time. Thanks El Nino!
"The heaviest precip associated w/ this storm will stay to the south of the Balt area...but still some snow possible but amounts will be on the light side.
"A strong confluence zone over the Mid-Atlantic aloft.
"That's why this one is staying south...and limiting the northward push of moisture. - Steve Z."
The morning discussion continues to keep the worst of the weather well to our south, although Southern Maryland could see 3 to 5 inches by Sterling's way of thinking. On the Eastern Shore, Berlin could see 1 to 3 inches, and Snow Hill could see 2 to 4. Those lower counties are under a Winter Storm Watch Saturday through Sunday morning.
Even so, Mr. Foot and his students see some hints of some northward creep in the forecast. Here's their take on the prospects for snow in the Baltimore area.