Saturday’s Wet Snow

The first significant snow has fallen, kicking of the 2009-2010 snow season.

The NASA satellite image below clearly shows the snow cover over the region. The gray shading along a southwest-northeast alignment is the snow on the ground, not clouds. Features such as the Susquehanna River are clearly visible. The only nearby clouds in the image are in Garrett County, Maryland, western and northwestern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Ohio and parts of West Virginia. Streamer clouds have developed off the mouths of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. This is the result of cold air blowing over the warm bay waters, similar to lake effect clouds.

It has been a little difficult to measure exactly how much snow fell. It was wet and heavy and some of it melted soon after hitting the ground and, as with most wet snows, there was considerable settling of the snow, reducing the depth.

The map below highlights a few of the snow reports that were received by the National Weather Service.

Here are some reports we have received at the station as of 10:30pm Saturday:

  • 5″ Parkton
  • 5-6″ Hampstead
  • 2.5″ Belcamp
  • 5.5″ Westminster
  • 7″ Westminster
  • 4.5″ Westminster
  • 1.7″ Hunt Valley
  • 4″ Phoenix
  • 5″ Cockeysville
  • 6″ Woodbine
  • 6-7″ Manchester
  • 3″ Eldersburg

To check out the dozens of viewer photos (and to submit yours), click here. To review WBALTV.com coverage, click here.

Below is the detailed, preliminary summary of Maryland snowfall from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1013 PM EST SAT DEC 05 2009

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 26 HOURS
FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION.  APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED
TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS
AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS.  THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR
HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BALTIMORE

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL    TIME/DATE    COMMENTS
                     SNOWFALL       OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

MARYLAND

...ALLEGANY COUNTY...
   FROSTBURG              6.0   730 PM 12/05
   ECKHART MINES          5.5   545 PM 12/05
   MOUNT SAVAGE 1 ENE     4.0   130 PM 12/05

...ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY...
   GAMBRILLS 1 NW         2.5   800 PM 12/05
   ODENTON 1 WSW          2.5   345 PM 12/05
   GLEN BURNIE            2.2   350 PM 12/05
   PASADENA               2.0   745 PM 12/05
   MILLERSVILLE           2.0  1225 PM 12/05
   PAROLE 1 NNW           0.8   400 PM 12/05

...BALTIMORE COUNTY...
   WOODLAWN 1 WSW         5.0   400 PM 12/05
   GLYNDON 1 ESE          4.8   900 PM 12/05
   OWINGS MILLS           4.0   600 PM 12/05
   MCDONOGH 1 SW          4.0   232 PM 12/05
   HAMPTON 1 W            2.3   600 PM 12/05

...CALVERT COUNTY...
   HUNTINGTOWN            2.3   950 PM 12/05
   PRINCE FREDERICK 1 W   0.5   310 PM 12/05

...CARROLL COUNTY...
   ELDERSBURG 2 NW        7.5   600 PM 12/05
   LINEBORO 2 E           6.5   724 PM 12/05
   SYKESVILLE             6.2   700 PM 12/05
   WESTMINSTER            6.0   500 PM 12/05
   TANEYTOWN 1 NE         2.5   530 PM 12/05

...CHARLES COUNTY...
   WALDORF                2.0   745 PM 12/05
   DENTSVILLE 1 SW        1.3   600 PM 12/05

...FREDERICK COUNTY...
   NEW MARKET             3.5   815 PM 12/05
   WOLFSVILLE             3.0  1103 AM 12/05
   POINT OF ROCKS         1.2   100 PM 12/05

...HARFORD COUNTY...
   NORRISVILLE            7.0   900 PM 12/05
   DARLINGTON 3 S         3.0   837 PM 12/05
   SCARBORO 2 E           2.0   227 PM 12/05

...HOWARD COUNTY...
   COLUMBIA 2 N           3.9   700 PM 12/05
   LAYTONSVILLE 5 N       3.5   200 PM 12/05
   SAVAGE 1 N             1.5   100 PM 12/05
   ELKRIDGE 2 W           1.5   215 PM 12/05

...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...
   DAMASCUS 2 WSW         7.3   645 PM 12/05
   CLARKSBURG             7.0   632 PM 12/05
   OLNEY 2 NW             6.0   650 PM 12/05
   LAYTONSVILLE 4 N       5.5   700 PM 12/05
   BROOKEVILLE            4.5   400 PM 12/05
   GAITHERSBURG           4.0   230 PM 12/05
   NORTH POTOMAC 1 ESE    4.0   941 PM 12/05
   NORBECK 1 SE           3.5   600 PM 12/05
   DERWOOD 1 NE           3.0   500 PM 12/05
   GERMANTOWN             3.0   500 PM 12/05

...PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY...
   BOWIE 1 E              2.3   500 PM 12/05
   BOWIE 2 NNW            1.1   245 PM 12/05
   FOREST HEIGHTS 1 SSE   0.5   200 PM 12/05

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
   ROHERSVILLE 2 W        4.0   930 PM 12/05
   HANCOCK                3.8   518 PM 12/05
   KEEDYSVILLE 2 E        2.5   132 PM 12/05
   HAGERSTOWN 1 E         1.2   545 PM 12/05

John Collins
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2 Responses

  1. Hey. I loved all the snow yesterday. Quick question though. If we picked the first accumulation of snow to be December 5th when will we know who won?????????

  2. Ryan,

    This is a weekday morning show thing so I would suggest you watch Tony and Sandra on Monday.

    John Collins

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