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February 10, 2010

NWS: Storm totals now 20 to 30 inches

Things seem to be heading in the wrong direction again this afternoon.

First, the National Weather Service has upped its estimates of the total snow accumulations once this storm finally ends tonight. Instead of the 10 to 20 inches they've been warning about for two days, forecasters have just upped the ante to 20 to 30 inches for Baltimore and its suburbs.

UPDATE: BWI is reporting 11.9 inches at 1 p.m. That makes 41.6 inches of snow so far this month. That breaks the record of 40.5 inches, set in February 2003, making this the snowiest February, and the snowiest month, since snow records began here in 1883. 

UPDATED UPDATE: At 4 p.m., BWI reported 16.9 inches of new snow from this storm. Added to the 60.4 inches that fell earlier this season, Baltimore is now at 77.3 inches for the season - more than four times the annual average. It is the snowiest winter, snowiest February (46.6 inches) , snowiest month on record for the city. 

Winds this afternoon will blow at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Those are gale-force winds, and these are blizzard conditions we are experiencing (although it may take a little time for Sterling to verify whether the conditions persisted long enought to make this, officially, another blizzard).

And, because of these powerful winds, they say, we should expect snow to blow into 3- to 5-foot drifts (up from 2 to 4). I think I can see that much in the drifts on my neighbors' roofs. 

Baltimore does really seem to be in the bullseye on this one, along with points to our north and east. I suspect we will soon be reading of some amazing weather in Philly, New Jersey and New York City.

For Washington, the expectation is closer to 8 to 16 inches of snow by the time the snow ends, with 2- to 4-foot drifts. Pikers.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 2:08 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Forecasts


The snow and wind are pretty much as intense as they've been all day, here in Owings Mills. We're getting hammered by bands coming down from the North. I'm not even trying to measure anymore. The driveway has anywhere between 14" and 2', depending on the drifting.

One of the news stations hinted that the storm may be back-tracking, which means we're completely screwed. I can't even imagine what happens here if the storm stalls are starts sliding back West a little bit.

I think I'm going to throw on my snow gear, grab my video camera, and go out and capture some history. Should be fun! ;-)

Captcha: the coffee. We have a sense of humor, do we?

hey frank did you see the 20-30 inches and 3-6 foot drifts :) rising again

Apparently this is what they use up in Canada to remove snow. We could use one or two down here I think.

FR: Wow! Get me one of those babies!

we have about 20 inches of snow up here in Sparks/Genco/Herferd zone. I am 5'6 and it is up to my shoulders. While beautiful for sure, I've had enough. Hubby was worried about porch room and yes went on it and got snow off. Looks like a very long week of snow.

Even if we could get out, where would we go?

Bless the BG&E for getting electricity back on this morning. We lost about 3 hours of power.


are you poking fun at me
Captcha the crusius

Parkton update, 4:30. Up to 24 inches total now (er, from just this storm. Not counting Saturday's 30"). Gack.

We have those snow blowers here. I have seen them on the highway removing snow from the sides, by guard rails and jersey walls.

Global warming, eh? First the fairly mild summer in '09, and now this record setting snow fall. Is it me, or doesn't warming mean things are warmer as a whole? One year does not make a trend, but, can make a dent! At least the adage "inches can add up to feet" certainly applies to this topic, true?

FR: No. Warming means the entire globe gets warmer on average, over the long haul. It does not mean everyone gets warmer, every day, month, season or year, or everyplace around the globe. It can mean some places get colder, or have very cold weeks, months, seasons or years, and that some places can get colder, or less warm than other places. It's all about global and averages and long periods of time. One year - hot or cold - does not make a trend, and hardly makes a dent.

Thank you for injecting some sense into the global warming debate.

And thanks for keeping us informed throughout this storm. Jay is right. Time for some orange whips.

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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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