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January 2015

Winter Storm Threat: January 25-27 (Only/Final Call)

Not going to go into details because I have spent way too much time looking at this storm between work and home. Also, I’m prepping for a snow chase in New Jersey, so that has taken up much of my afternoon.

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A bit more conservative than the Euro and NWS overall. The lack of support of big totals from some of the other models in the Mid-Atlantic gave me pause. There’s a lot of moving parts to this system, so it’s really anyone’s game still. I just hope I’m not terribly wrong.

Winter Storm Threat: January 23-24 (Final Call)

Not much change from the initial forecast, save for higher totals across Pennsylvania and slight adjustments to the southern edges of the 1-2″ and 2-4″ contours. The front-end thump will bring most of the snow into the region, with the mountains getting some additional accumulation along the back edge. I don’t anticipate much, if any, additional snow accumulation from the back edge east of the mountains tomorrow afternoon.

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The event is already underway across western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, which is unfolding just about as expected (though I’d rather see more snow reports and less sleet reports).

Now I get to start looking at that late Sunday into Monday snow storm…

Winter Storm Threat: January 23-24 (Initial Call)

Lots of things to keep tabs on as this next system moves up through the region tomorrow night into Saturday. Temperatures from the surface all the way up to around 750-800 mb will be cutting it close, but the strengthening low and good rates on the front end of the system will help things along.

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Most spots from near the MD/PA border south and near the coast will change over to rain after the snow has fallen (and while most of you south of the Mason-Dixon are tucked away in bed). The back edge of the precipitation Saturday afternoon will likely switch back over to snow, but time of day, surface temperatures and weaker rates means it shouldn’t amount to much for most spots.

Winter Storm Threat: January 21 (Only/Final Call)

More clipper fun for the Mid-Atlantic, only surface temperatures won’t be so wonderfully cold this time around. Marginal temperatures at the surface and around 900-925 mb as far north as I-70 (maybe even further north?) along with mostly light precipitation hurting snow chances. Most or all of the snow will also fall during daylight hours. One plus is it looks like areas from around D.C. northward will get below freezing tonight before the snow moves in, so the ground should still be nice and cold. Definitely more opportunity to end up lower than my forecast as opposed to higher. The Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey could see heavier banding late in the event, which is kind of alluded to on my map with the 2-4″ stripe in southern New Jersey.

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I wish I could wait until the 00z models came out for better forecast confidence, but this will have to do.