Saturday February 2 2019

The clipper snow on Friday February snow was small but packed a big punch. When this first surfaced, it was apparent we would have arctic air in place that kept most of the region in the teens to near 20ºF in the afternoon. This was coming after the arctic blast, which meant everything that fell would stick. Only light snow was expected, and it was supposed to last most of the day. I did my best to explain that a little snow would still be a nuisance on roads. But after a week with snow and dangerously cold air, it still seems to catch people off guard.

BWI Snow Report

The forecast for central Maryland was 1 inch or less. So technically, the airport was just over that mark. The season is now almost exactly on target with an average winter.

  • 1.1″ = Feb 1
  • 10.6″ = Season To Date
  • 10.5″ Normal to date

Comparing

I would never make excuses for a snow forecast. But this one behaved close to what was expected. Yes, there were some exceptions and as always I will point them out. The snow reports below highlight the areas that did get more than forecast. You can compare the forecast I posted to what verified. But first lets address some of the messages on social media:

Advisory Maps

If your county did not get a Winter Weather Advisory, talk to your local NWS Office. I am not allowed to post them. I stated on Thursday I felt some areas should be included and prepare for a snow day. This included York and Lancaster in PA. They were finally added from NWS mid afternoon. I did write them to suggest it.  Cecil Co in Maryland often gets similar weather to nearby Harford County. But they are zoned under a different NWS Office. Sadly, the lack of coordination between them leads to a lot of confusion.

When I post a map of advisories or warnings, it is the official alert. I can not make my own. All I can do is elaborate or make suggestions.

 

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What went right: 

  • Snow arrived in the morning between 6 and 8 AM for most of our region.
  • Snow lasted most of the day. My forecast online and for my clients was for snow during the daylight hours.
  • “A little snow causing big problems”.  That was the title of one snow forecast article I posted. I think it was justified.
  • Snow stuck quickly and all continued sticking all day.
  • York and Lancaster I stated loudly I thought should have been in the Advisory. I made a strong point to expect a snowy day there.
  • Most metro snow totals were within 1 inch of the forecast. It did seem like more with the stickage impact. *Some spots did end up between 2 and 3 inches. See the NWS Spotter maps below.

What went wrong:

  • Areas that did get snow earlier expected include southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. These locations should have had an advisory added when it was obvious that snow was impacting them like the rest of us.
  • Metro Washington DC and Baltimore:  I expected snow to stop by noon, but it lasted longer.
  • Central Maryland around the Baltimore beltway I posted will get 1 inch or less. Some spots did end up between 2 and 3 inches.  See the NWS Spotter maps below.
  • York County PA: I expected 1 to 2 inches and they got between 1 and 3 inches.
  • Southern Maryland got snow in the morning. This was a surprise south of Rt 50.
  • Central and northern Delmarva had impacting snow in the morning. Kent Island and east was a bust for my morning call. I expected most of this area to see the bus of their snow after noon.
  • Western Maryland definitely overachieved! Cumberland got 6″ and Deep Creek Lake got 8 to 12 inches.

 

Snow Spotter List And Local Maps Below

Forecast Map- I went with the HRRR model and added the radar estimate in the morning for southern Maryland.

 

NWS Snow Spotter Reports

North of Baltimore was in the 1 to 2 inch range. The reports there mostly fit. Some spots were close to 3 inches. lose view maps are below.

You may have something different where you are located. This is just the collection of their data.

 

 

Snow Spotter Reports And Local Maps

NWS Sterling VA (Baltimore/Washington)

 

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                   
SNOWFALL           OF 
/INCHES/   MEASUREMENT
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
...District of Columbia...
Somerset 1 SE          1.5   217 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Washington 1 E         1.0   600 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
National Zoo 1 WSW     0.8   240 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter        
 
MARYLAND
...Allegany County...
Ridgeley 1 NW          6.0   251 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Frostburg 2 ENE        5.8   323 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Cresaptown  SSW        5.6   400 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Cumberland             5.0   322 PM  2/01  Co-Op Observer          
Frostburg              4.0   417 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Anne Arundel County...
Churchton  ENE         1.9   600 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Lothian 4 WSW          1.2   530 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
  Bwi Airport          1.1   706 PM  2/01  Airport                 
Annapolis 1 NW         1.0   600 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Riva 2 WNW             1.0   345 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Baltimore County...
Dundalk 1 ESE          1.8   613 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Perry Hall 1 NNE       1.8   640 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Long Green 2 NW        1.7   630 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Upper Falls 1 NNE      1.6   715 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
White Marsh 2 E        1.5   732 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Bentley Springs 1 E    1.5   620 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Glyndon 1 SW           1.5   524 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Pimlico  SE            1.3   520 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Parkton 1 W            1.2   645 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter    
...Baltimore City...
Arbutus 2 NNE          1.9   745 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter   
...Howard County... 
Columbia               2.0 706 PM 2/01     NWS Employee 
Columbia               2 N 1.7 530 PM 2/01 Trained Spotter 
Elkridge               2 W 1.5 620 PM 2/01 Trained Spotter 
Elkridge               1.5 541 PM 2/01     NWS Employee 
Simpsonville           E 1.5 700 PM 2/01   Trained Spotter 
Simpsonville           1 SSE 1.2 300 PM 2/01 Trained Spotter       

 

...Calvert County...
Prince Frederick 1 S   1.0   340 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Huntingtown 2 SW       0.8   536 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Carroll County...
Taneytown              4.0.  600 PM  2/01  Social Media
Gamber 2 WNW           2.5   555 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Westminster 2 SE       2.3   500 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Eldersburg 1 SE        1.3   520 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Lineboro 3 WSW         1.0   309 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter   
... Harford County...
No reports from any spotters in this area. I added a 2 inch report from Bel Air on the map.  


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...Frederick County...
Walkersville 1 E       3.0   525 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Thurmont 3 N           3.0   440 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Adamstown 1 ESE        1.9   503 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Bloomfield 2 WSW       1.7   315 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
New Market  N          1.5   625 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Walkersville  ESE      1.2   225 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter   
...Washington County... 
Long Meadow 1 SSE         3.5   353 PM   2/01 Trained Spotter 
Pecktonville 3 NNW        2.8   220 PM   2/01 NWS Employee 
Long Meadow 2 W           2.6   230 PM   2/01 CoCoRaHS 
Hagerstown 1 SW           2.5   400 PM   2/01 Trained Spotter 
Boonsboro 3 NNE           2.4   600 PM   2/01 Trained Spotter       

Garrett County
A Range of 8 to 12 inches report. SnowStix photos confirmed these amounts.

...Montgomery County...
Clarksburg 2 SE        2.6   529 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Damascus 3 SSW         2.0   456 PM  2/01  Co-Op Observer          
Wheaton 1 ESE          1.9   455 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Rockville 3 NNW        1.7   625 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Ashton  ENE            1.6   515 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Bethesda 1 NNW         1.5   625 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Norbeck 1 ESE          1.5   530 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Garrett Park 1 N       1.4   405 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Chevy Chase 1 W        1.1   545 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Prince Georges County...
College Park 1 ENE     1.3   500 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
University Park 1 E    1.1   214 PM  2/01  NWS Office              
College Park 2 SSE     1.1   214 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Upper Marlboro 1 NNW   1.0   514 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...St Marys County...
California 2 W         0.7   250 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Eastern Shore
...Caroline County...
Denton                       2.3 in    0208 PM 02/01   Emergency Mngr
...Cecil County...
1 SSE Pleasant Hill          1.5 in    0833 PM 02/01   Cocorahs
Fair Hill                    1.1 in    0808 PM 02/01   Public
...Kent County...
Millington                   2.9 in    0831 PM 02/01   Trained Spotter
...Queen Annes County...
4 SW Chester                 1.0 in    0309 PM 02/01   Public
...Talbot County...
Royal Oak                    2.0 in    0155 PM 02/01   CO-OP Observer
Southern Pennsylvania:
Some of these spotter locations might be old.
York County 1 to 3 inches
Shrewsbury  3.0. 600 PM 2/01 Social Media

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VIRGINIA
...Alexandria County...
Franconia 1 SSW        0.8   445 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Arlington County...
Ballston 1 SSW         1.5   411 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Ballston 1 SW          1.5   411 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Rosslyn 1 S            1.3   315 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Barcroft 2 E           1.2   200 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Arlington              1.2   453 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Reagan National Apt    0.9   657 PM  2/01  Airport                 
...Fairfax County...
Herndon 2 ENE          1.3   300 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Tysons Corner 1 N      1.2   210 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Vienna 1 WNW           1.0   305 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Rose Hill  ENE         1.0   315 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Chantilly 3 SE         0.6   400 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Centreville  W         0.4   340 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Falls Church County...
Falls Church 1 W       1.3   400 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Frederick County...
Stephens City 2 E      1.5   225 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Loudoun County...
Purcellville 1 SW      2.0   515 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Purcellville           1.5   827 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Hillsboro 3 NW         1.5   416 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Leesburg 1 N           1.3   515 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Ashburn                1.2   312 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Leesburg 2 WNW         1.1   844 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Leesburg 2 E           1.0   300 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Dulles International   0.9   647 PM  2/01  Airport                 
WEST VIRGINIA
...Berkeley County...
Martinsburg 2 E        2.5   405 PM  2/01  NWS Employee            
Falling Waters 2 NW    2.5   432 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Vanville 1 SSW         2.0   544 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Shepherdstown 4 NNW    2.0   720 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Bunker Hill  SE        1.8   300 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Grant County...
Bayard                11.1   215 PM  2/01  Co-Op Observer          
Kline Gap 2 ESE        8.1   400 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Cabins 1 NNE             T   611 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Hampshire County...
Capon Bridge 3 WSW     3.0   515 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Hardy County...
Rig  NNW               5.2   500 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Jefferson County...
Bloomery 3 SSE         1.6   450 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Mineral County...
Keyser                 9.0   550 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
Keyser 2 SSW           8.1   209 PM  2/01  Co-Op Observer          
Burlington  E          6.6   515 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter         
...Morgan County...
Smith Crossroads 1 W   2.8   337 PM  2/01  Trained Spotter 

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