Thursday January 16 2020

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. My older son turns 14, and if you don’t remember he is the one that came up with the idea of Kid Weather App when he was in Kindergarten. That app was downloaded in over 60 countries and won many awards. It’s down for revamping at the moment, and there is more to my boy than that.  But it makes sense we have two weather stories today: A Windy Advisory today and Wintry Weather this weekend.

Wind Advisory

Winds will range from 20 mph and gust up to 50 mph in the highlighted counties. Central Maryland is not in the advisory but gusts will exceed 40 mph there.


Morning Surface Weather

Here is the pattern changer! We start the day in the upper 40s, but end the day in the 30s with wind chills in the 20s.

Strong winds with this cld front will drop our temps back to winter levels and next week will be much colder. In between, we have some snow and a wintry mix on Saturday I will discuss below. There are still details to sort out, but the mid day hours are most likely to have the impact.



  • Today: Strong Winds gust over 40 mph, up to 50 mph in the Advisory area.
  • Temperatures: Warmer this morning, Colder this afternoon
  • Saturday: Snow develops during the morning to mid day. Wintry mix in the afternoon changed to rain for most by evening.
  • Next Week: Much colder!

Thursday January 16, 2020 in Baltimore

Average High:  41ºF

Record High: 71ºF in 1953

Average  Low: 24ºF

Record Low:  1ºF in 1893

                      *Record Snow 7.0″ in 1945

Sunrise: 7:24 AM

Sunset 5:08 PM  

*Daylight = 1:24 longer than yesterday 

*Bay Water Temperature = 44ºF at Thomas Pt. Light House 

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Today Forecast



Mid Day Winds



Friday Morning

Snow and Wintry Mix Outlook

No that the cold air will be in place for over a day, the snow that arrives on Saturday will have a chance to stick. The issue has always been when will this arrive? This may arrive at the end or after the finish of the Maryland Super Plunge event in Annapolis, but I would still consider the impact on your plans later in the morning to early afternoon. If you live north of Baltimore, the icy rods may linger into the evening while rain spreads in metro and southern areas.

Computer Models

Classic Goldie Locks here as timing very different among these models. That is one element I am working on before I can give a snow total forecast. Compare these model timeline sliders below:

  • GFS Model: Arrives earliest and brings most snow and ice
  • NAM Model: Middle of the pack. Mid morning start then ending early aftenroon
  • European ECWMf Model: Starts later into the afternoon with impact through the evening.

All models turn the snow and ice to rain in the metro areas and south before evening. The snow and ice will last longer north of Baltimore.


GFS Model —> slider

The model bring in the snow and mix sooner with the largest impact.

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NAM 3 Km Model —> slider
This model brings in the snow a little later, but limits the impact area and duration.
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ECWMF Model —> slider
This model brings in the snow and ice in the afternoon, but lingers the wintry weather in the north through the evening.
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My Thoughts:
  • This is the reason I do not give snow totals too soon. The timing will determine how much can stick and how long it will last.
  • If you feel this has been downgraded,  that is based on your other source that jumped out too soon with snow totals. I’ve seen that for many years and why I hold off until 48 hours before the event.
  • My First Call  for snow will be posted during today.

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Winter Outlook Series:

My Call For Snowfall Winter 2019-2020





Snowy Winters Following A Hot and Dry September


NOAA Winter Outlook Leaves Room For More Snow With Mild ‘Seasonal Average’ Temperatures

Other  Links:

See the maps for when we normally expect the first frost in this link.

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