Carolina Storm Should Stay East

Low pressure developing off the Carolina coast is staying far enough offshore to keep any precipitation in Maryland on the light side. Just trace amounts of light rain with a few ice pellets and flakes of snow have been reported around Baltimore through the evening. Closer to the coast, Salisbury and Ocean City have picked up .14″ and .23″ of rain respectively. Although the storm has had a minimal impact on Maryland, it is expected to strengthen on its treck north toward New England Friday, with heavy snow possible in northern and western Maine. Northwest winds on the backside of that intensifying New England storm will draw another shot of arctic air into the mid Atlantic states for the weekend. Wind gusts over 40 mph will be possible around Baltimore from late Friday through Saturday. Lake effect snow will accumulate several inches Friday and Saturday in Garrett Co. and the sourrounding mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the meantime, the southern branch of the jet stream will remain very active through the weekend, possibly sending another winter weather threat our way by Sunday night into Monday. The posted image is the National Weather Service’s WRF model valid at 1pm Friday showing the big storm pounding Maine with wind and snow while a new storm begins to take shape over the southwestern U.S.

Tom Tasselmyer


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