Friday, January 14, 2005


The heavy rain, strong winds, tornadoes and thunderstorms for Friday 1/15 signal the arrival of a major Arctic front, and will usher in much colder air to dominate the East's weather for the next 2-3 weeks. For powderhounds, this is very good news, because they know winter is about to strike back in a big way. Based on the trends I have been watching with the forecast models, I can now make the bold prediction you've been waiting for:

The elements are coming together for a major snow event on the East Coast sometime in the next 7-10 days.

And for Baltimore County teachers, you may luck out with a snow day of your own.

The map above is a forecast model projection for 7AM Sunday morning the 23rd. It shows snow throughout the northeast from Baltimore to Boston. While this is an early indication, it has been consistently showing some type of hybrid clipper/coastal low to cruise through next weekend.

Students in Baltimore County, MD do not have school on Monday 1/24, but teachers do. Perhaps this storm will enable them, namely my colleage Mr. Fantasie in Dundalk High's science department, to see their wish come true. I'll be doing a paper sort and purge whether I'm at home or in school, but I am yearning for snow so my 17-month old daughter Jayla can see her first real snow at home.

This weekend, I'll give you a closer look at the threat of the first major snow event for the I-95 corridor. It has been a long time to wait, but I think powderhounds will be pleased with the outcome.

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