Weatherwise, it looks like Christmas in Baltimore this year will be rather quiet. No storms are in the forecast and temperatures will be at or slightly above the seasonal average. At Christmastime high temperatures are generally in the mid 40s and lows in the mid 20s.
Big snows have been snarling Christmas travel in the Midwest but it will not be an issue in Baltimore this year and that is usually the case. Historically, the biggest Baltimore snowfall on Christmas Eve was in 1966 with 8.4 inches. The record Christmas Day snowfall 9.3 inches in 1909.
The 1909 storm started on December 25th and extended into the 26th. National Weather Serevice archives note that Maryland was on the southern edge of the storm. The Upper Eastern Shore received over a foot and a half of snow. A band of 25 inch snowfall stretched from Sudlersville in Queen Annes County to Dover, Delaware. Towson received 16 inches of snow. Baltimore ultimately recorded 10 inches of snow over the two day period.
The previous year, another significant snow hit the area just before Christmas. On December 22 and 23 of 1908, a storm dumped 7.4 inches of snow in Baltimore.
Back in 1839 a pre Christmas blockbuster hit the region. National Weather Service archives show that central and northeast Maryland received a very heavy snowfall on December 22 and 23. Baltimore received 16 inches of snow, mixed with sleet and rain and Frederick was hit with 2 feet of snow. Roads around Baltimore and Washington were blocked for two days.
This year we will have to settle for visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads.
From the weather team at WBAL-TV InstaWeather Plus … have a very, merry Christmas!
Tom Tasselmyer, John Collins, Neal Estano, Sandra Shaw and Jay Kendrick