This Weekend: Cold Winds and Mountain Snow

First Day of Winter

Colder weather has arrived just in time for the start of winter. Winter officially began this morning at 6:12 EST. As if on cue, a cold front came through and temperatures plummeted from 57 degrees at 3 am to just 41 degrees at 9 am. The cold front also caused heavy rain and strong winds overnight. Most of Maryland received about 1 inch of rain, including 1.16″ inches at BWI-Marshall.

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Strong Winds Continue

Now the rain has moved out, but the strong winds are here to stay. Today’s winds will be from the west at 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 35. Tomorrow, winds will increase to 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 50-60. Saturday’s wind threat has prompted a high wind watch in our area. Be sure to secure all outdoor items, including decorations, furniture and trash bins. On the roads, keep an eye out for small debris, downed branches and powerlines.

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Mountain Snow

The mountains in western Maryland and Pennsylvania will bear the brunt of this storm with heavy snow into Saturday. Combined with strong westerly winds, watch for drifting snow and times with low visibility. The snow will eventually taper late Saturday into Sunday morning. Snow accumulations will range from a few inches, to more than a foot in higher elevations.

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