First Flakes

Not exactly the snowstorm that area snowfans are hoping for, but the first official snowflakes of the season blew through Tuesday around midday. At the National Weather Service observation point at BWI-Marshall Airport, flurries were reported from 12:14 p.m. to 12:48 p.m. Many areas, especially north of Baltimore, had a brief period or two of flurries as cold, northwesterly winds crossed the mountains with some moisture from the great lakes.

Exactly one year ago, much more than a few flurries were blowing through the area. From around 2pm on December 5, 2005 through about 4am on December 6, 2005, the area was blanketed with 3-5″ of snow, including 3.3″ at BWI-Marshall, 5″ at American Corner on the eastern shore, 4″ in Cockeysville and Ellicott City, 3.5″ in Bel Air, 3″ in Annapolis and 2.7″ in Elkton.

Our next chance for a few flakes this year will come as another strong cold front moves through on Thursday.

Tom Tasselmyer

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