Gulf Coast Storm #2 Farther South & East

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Just two days after a storm moved north from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Carolina outer banks and up the coast to Maine, a second Gulf storm is forming. This second storm is expected to stay farther south and east producing a threat of snow deep into the south. As of late Friday evening a Heavy Snow Warning was posted for the Montgomery, AL area, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Atlanta area, Snow Advisories cover much of western South Carolina and the mountains of North Carolina. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the area around Raleigh, NC and a Winter Storm Watch reaches all the way north into southeast Virginia and the Virginia eastern shore. The consensus among computer models run on Friday shows the low tracking northeast, away from the outer banks instead of up the coast. If the storm holds to this forecast the only part of Maryland seriously threatened by this one is the lower eastern shore from Salisbury to Ocean City. In the Baltimore area our main concern will be with the strong arctic cold front sweeping through Saturday night. This front may produce a few snow showers and will surely bring very cold air into all of Maryland by Sunday morning. An indication of the cold pushing south out of Canada is the 10:35 pm EST temperature of -18 at Fergus Falls, MN with a wind chill of -34. Ouch, that’s cold!!

Tom Tasselmyer

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