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February 6, 2010

Blizzard Warnings expanded to Upper Shore

The National Weather Service forecast office in Mt. Holly, NJ has expanded Blizzard Warnings to the Upper Shore of Maryland, including Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline and Talbot counties.

The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. The additions fill in a gap in a swath of Blizzard Warnings that extends from southern Maryland to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Harford County, parts of the Eastern Shore, Delaware and coastal New Jersey.

In addition to the falling anow, as the coastal low intensifies today, winds will increase across the wearning area. Blizzard conditions include falling or blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph decreasing visibilities to less than a quarter mile for a period in excess of three hours. NOAA

Here's a portion of the warning:

"HEAVY SNOW WAS OCCURRING ACROSS THE AREA EARLY THIS MORNING AND
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF TODAY. THE SNOW WILL FALL HEAVILY
AT TIMES...WITH RATES UP TO 1 TO 3 INCHES AN HOUR. THE HEAVIEST
SNOW WILL OCCUR THROUGH ABOUT MIDDAY TODAY. THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH
SLEET AT TIMES EARLY THIS MORNING MAINLY ACROSS SOUTHERN TALBOT
AND CAROLINE COUNTIES...AND MAY BE INTERMITTENT THERE AS WELL.

"STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 20 TO 27 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. AN
INCREASING NORTHEAST TO NORTH WIND WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 40 MPH
INTO EARLY THIS AFTERNOON WILL CREATE EXTENSIVE BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW...ALONG WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. THE WIND COMBINED
WITH THE FALLING SNOW WILL CREATE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS
INCLUDING GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER
MILE AT TIMES."

Forecasters out at Sterling, meanwhile, now say Baltimore and D.C. are not likely to break the all-time snowfall records for either city.

On the other hand, they say, both cities have already set new snowfall records for Friday's date, breaking marks set more than a century ago. "So this can still be called a record-breaking storm," they said.

For Baltimore, that busted record for Feb. 5 was 6.4 inches, set in 1899. The new record is 7.5 inches. Looks like we have also broken the Feb. 6 record of 8.4 inches set in 1978.

In Washington, the old record for Feb. 5 was 7.5 inches, set on this date 1892. The new record, set yesterday, is 8.7 inches. The record for Feb. 6 was 4.4 inches, set in 1983. That one's toast, too.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:39 AM | | Comments (2)
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So much for everybody's claim that in the northern climes, "they're used to it" -- a souvenir from 2008:

Snow in Mich., Wis. blamed for traffic deaths, closes schools

The Associated Press
11:20 AM EST, January 22, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

A foot of snow blanketed parts of Michigan and Wisconsin during the night, closing schools today and causing numerous traffic accidents.

At least two traffic deaths were blamed on the weather in Michigan.

Snow started falling Monday and continued early today, piling up about a foot deep in western Michigan and up to 13 inches deep in some areas of southeastern Wisconsin. A winter storm warning remained in effect through this evening in parts of Michigan.

Nearly every school was closed in the Grand Rapids region.

Most highways in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin were snow-covered and slippery today, the Wisconsin State Patrol's Web site showed.

Part of Interstate 90 near the Wisconsin-Minnesota state line was closed for about two hours Monday by a pileup on a snow-covered Mississippi River bridge.

Jesse Carlson, who was headed home to Dresbach, Minn., after work in Wisconsin, said he braked to avoid a collision on the I-90 bridge and found himself in the middle of the pileup. "I must have gotten hit four or five times," he said.

Elsewhere, freezing rain on the Plains early today iced highways in Oklahoma, causing one traffic death and closing schools in parts of the state. One accident shut down Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City for nearly four hours, police said.

"Until we get some sunshine, the roads are going to remain dangerous and we need people to be careful," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West.

Schools also were closed today in parts of northern Kentucky, where snow showers made roads slippery.

- WWN (December 7th, 2009): BIBLE PREDICTS WORST WINTER EVER... Terrifying predictions from the Bible clearly indicate that the winter of 2010 will be the coldest and deadliest winter in history!... The ancient prophecies reveal that the entire country will feel the terrible effects of the cold spell...
- PENTAGON: GLOBAL WARMING might suddenly trigger a massive GLOBAL COOLING... CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BRING GLOBAL CATASTROPHE... Now the PENTAGON TELLS BUSH (Guardian.co.uk., 22 February 2004): climate change will destroy us... BRITAIN WILL BE 'SIBERIAN' in less than 20 years:
http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2009/12/bible-predicts-worst-winter-ever.html

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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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