Sunday January 27 2019
The weather event on Tuesday is a real concern. My wife is traveling that day, so I have even more invested in sharing the proper information. As I mention the term Flash Freeze now, this is much more likely that when it was used last weekend. That last event was a freeze expected a few hours after the rain ended. This time, snow will be falling as the temperatures drop. Snow will continue for a few hours. So, regardless of snow totals, expect icing on the roads Tuesday evening with impacts lasting into Wednesday morning.
Teachers, parents, and school administrators: I think there there are a few things to consider here for weather delays…
- Tuesday: Some of the colder areas might have road problems during the day if the early arrival of snow verifies.
- Tuesday Evening: Most area activities may need to be cancelled as this is when most snow and falling temps will occur.
- Wednesday Morning: Regardless of how much snow accumulates, many areas will have wind chills well below zero.
New information here includes more action along the arctic front. There may be some rain or sleet in the morning, then more snow to follow. If you have been following my reports. I mentioned a wave of Low Pressure forming along the arctic front. The models are now showing this with an increase of snow expectation. How much? A good chance for a couple of inches of snow. Models range from 1 to 4 or 5 or more in the northern counties as shown in these maps. Below is a look at the timeline for snow, freezing line, and temperatures to follow.
Let’s Break This Down
Temperatures are likely to remain below freezing in the normally colder zones north and west of the cities. I-95 including Baltimore and Washington should be safely in the mid 30s
Morning Mix? —> slider
This is one of the new elements shown in the NAM 3 Km Model… The light mix in the morning.
Afternoon/Evening Mix To Snow —> slider
Track the freezing line for your area
- The freezing line may linger north and west causing road problems any time
- Snow may intensity before temperatures drop to freezing. That could lead to stickage a few hours earlier
- Snow should last a few hours after the freezing line passes.
- See the temperature timeline below
Temperature Timeline—> slider
Note how quickly temps drop into the 20s and teens. This is the flash freeze concern.
Wednesday Morning Wind Chill
This will be on the dangerous side. So if you are wondering about school delays, even if the roads are fully cleared, I expect many school systems will consider these wind chills to limit kids waiting at the bust stop.
How Much Snow?
I want to suggest most of the area gets 1 to 3 inches. But the model does have a spread from a dusting to some locations near 5 inches.
It will be blowing, and with the cold air, quite dry and fluffy. So the ratios could be higher and yield more snow per less water content. I will post my call for snowfall tomorrow. Here are a few models to give you an idea.
European Model Snowfall
NAM 3 Km Model Snowfall
Canadian Model Snowfall
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