Wet Not White This Year

The storm producing snow from Denver south to Albuquerque with blizzard warnings east into Kansas tonight will actually pump warmer air into the eastern United States by Sunday. The warm-up means we will likely have a wet, not white last weekend before Christmas around Baltimore. So who will have the white Christmases this year? The National Snow Analysis produced by the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, I kid you not, that is the name of this government group (NOHRSC for short), indicates snow in the typically snowy places on the eve. of the winter solstice (1:08 a.m. e.s.t. Saturday): Rocky mountains, upper Midwest, great lakes and New England. Some sample snow depths:

Portland, ME: 16″
Buffalo, NY: 6″
Minneapolis, MN: 5″
Chicago, IL: 2″
Denver, CO: 4″
Boise, ID: 1″
Lake Tahoe, NV: 17″

Once the weekend storm passes, colder air will settle in for the second half of next week, possibly supplying the chill needed to create a couple winter weather threats for Maryland.

Tom Tasselmyer


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