Another Coastal Storm

Just three days after a coastal storm brushed Maryland with a few rain showers, another storm is about to make a run up the coast. Low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday evening is expected to cross the Florida panhandle and then skim the Carolina coast as it heads northeast on Thursday. From the outer banks area the storm is forecast to turn north toward Long Island Thursday night and early Friday morning. If it holds to this track, a few flurries may arrive well in advance of the storm Thursday morning followed by a period of snow and sleet in the afternoon. Most computer models continue to show the cold air retreating as the storm approaches, changing the wintry mix to just rain by about sunset. Rain will continue through the evening, tapering off before dawn on Friday. An early estimate of snowfall potential puts this one in the 1-3″ category around Baltimore with lesser amounts south and east of the city, where mainly rain is expected. From western Carroll Co. into Frederick Co. and the valleys of far western Maryland, the cold air may hold a bit longer producing a threat of higher snow totals with a coating of freezing rain as well.

Tom Tasselmyer

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