Archive for January, 2011

What to Watch Fore(cast) – Jan 31 – Feb 7

Highlights: Blockbuster snow storm – A wide swath of heavy snow extending from Oklahoma to Maine on the order of 6-12″+, along with crippling freezing rain, will rock the Midwest and Northeast tonight through Wednesday. Weekend coastal storm – A storm that could once again “thread the needle” and produce significant snowfall (2-4″+) in the […]

Winter Storm Threat: Jan 31 – Feb 2 UPDATE

I made some changes in the Wednesday forecast to account for warmer surface temperatures… not too much of a shift, but it could change the plans for a significant amount of Maryland workers.   We’re still looking at 0.1-0.2″ of freezing rain along the northern parts of the rain area before it switches over around […]

Winter Storm Threat: Jan 31 – Feb 2

The strength of the cold air damming will be a big player in determining where the different areas set up. Based on recent guidance and trends, I’ve come up with the following maps depicting the first event (with light precip. totals over most of the region) and for the second event (which will have QPF […]

Mid-Atlantic – The Week Ahead (Jan 30 – Feb 6)

We jump right into it this week as the complicated winter weather pattern continues to make forecasting rather difficult. The region will be a bit colder tomorrow as mostly cloudy skies and northerly winds kick in and cold air damming develops along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. The strength of the CAD will be […]

Potential for an epic winter storm in the Plains, Midwest, Northeast

Just giving the heads-up since the main discussion isn’t for another couple of days… the makings of an epic winter storm is coming up next week for the Southern/Central Plains, Midwest and Northeast. We’re talking 6-12 inches or more over a large area in a SW-NE oriented swath. The bulk of the storm is expected […]

Snowfall Verification for Jan 26-27

Using another snowfall site from the NWS in addition to the site I linked in my previous verification post, I came up with this for the snowfall totals:   The most striking differences are the snowfall totals in WV and the snowfall totals from MD north of DC up through southeast PA and into central […]

Clipper system a bit better than expected

Areas in northern VA, MD, DC and Delmarva could see 1-2″ of light snow today as a clipper system moves over the region. I was thinking 0.5-1″ earlier, but with the radar filling in and areas of moderate snow forming, higher amounts are expected, with some areas possibly even going over 2″. The band setting […]