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Radar watching – Bay- and ocean-enhanced snow

Some parts of the Mid-Atlantic have received and are still getting anything from light flurries up to a half inch of snow from bay-enhanced and ocean-enhanced snow this morning:

 
Steep lapse rates right near the surface and a veering wind profile are allowing the low-level clouds to suck up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and from the Chesapeake Bay, which gets deposited in the Mid-Atlantic as snow. The area of snowfall is expected to switch over to sleet and then rain or freezing rain eventually as the mid-level temperatures warm. It is not a big concern as the precipitation remains light and widely scattered in nature, but it is something to take note of in areas that see more persistent precipitation.