Tuesday, February 13, 2007

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

2-13-07 Radar 600 AM

5:27 AM 2/13/2007 - ABOUT SCHOOL: This impact statement is directed at public and private schools, colleges, universities and adult and child daycare centers most affected by first stage of the storm. Western and Central PA are already receiving snow and those schools will have to close early if they have not already.
Due to the severity, extent and duration of this winter storm, many Baltimore and Washington area metro schools will be facing their biggest logistical nightmare of this decade if they open today.
The concern is that a few districts may decide they'll take the chance and open on time, then as the buses start rolling things really deteriorate quickly by 9AM, and we have a massive logistical nightmare:
  • Open must switch to closed, then we would have grades 6-12 to take home first, and as things progress, by the time the elementary kids are picked up, conditions are worse and those students are at greater risk. 
  • Let's hope our officials take this into account in making the call. If you're a teacher or administrator, hopefully you already got your shower, drank your 2 cups of coffee and are dressed because it is going to be a long challenging day. Very long and challenging.

94 comments:

chip said...

Well, no word on Baltimore County schools yet. If we're open, I need to get in the shower, and start the process of getting ready, and then get on the road... a couple private schools are closing... but no Baltimore City or County, no Harford, no Howard, no Anna Rundel... hmmm...

Tyler said...

theyve still got plenty of time to give us off they got till 6 in the morning but i hate when they wait till the last second which screws with everyone because you know its not gonna start accumulating in the next 20 minutes your just gonna be closing schools based on forecast for our area during the day and that forecast wont change in the next 20 minutes and i couldnt see us going in with snow and ice on our agenda

mamiesb said...

Have followed this with great interest -- reader of your site for some time.

I teach English at Kenwood High(so we're neighbors in a way), and am in near-mortal dread of what's going to happen if schools open on time today.This might be an incredible mess....

At what point do we assume it's a go and g oload up the carwith rock salt and extra water for the trip home?

Tyler said...

Queen Annes and Kent gave 90 minute delays which serves no purpose at all because now ur just sending them in under worse weather than regular

chip said...

Are we witnessing the reaction to last week's unnecessary two-inches-of-fluffy-snow closing? The school system got burned on that one, so they are not jumping the gun this time, is that it? I can't wait much longer to shower, etc. if I'm going to be ready for a normal opening time...

Tyler said...

you only have to hold on for like 15 more minutes buddy

Mr. Foot said...

chip..absolutely. politics is winning over science. I talked with an administrator who handles the AM-PM kindergarten switch and they said early dismissal is always a massive disaster for them. Kids waiting at the school parents late due to roads, teachers can't leave because they have to stay with the kids. This will be the first time in my life on the planet that many large districts ignored a winter storm warning that is currently in effect and opened on time. I'm sorry if this happens folks, just be prepared for anything today because you're going to get it.

Garrett County is closed already for pete's sake. Garrett. They hardly ever close.

Mr. Foot said...

Chip, might as well get in the shower. As soon as you do, it'll happen.

chip said...

Well then, I will hit the shower, to do my part to get us all out of school, ha ha... sheesh! Politics, oi...

Mr. Foot said...

Yeah I like how Kent and Queen Anne's are delaying. That'll be great. Let's wait until the snow and sleet REALLY KICK IN, then bring everyone in during the morning rush just went things are going downhill. They'll so appreciate how you thought of them.

Novatriguy said...

Mr. Foot - Per the radar the moisture seems to be lifting pass No.VA or is that reforming I see?

Tyler said...

well nice try mr. foot looks like were going in in Harford County well what can you do yeah i know if garret calls in out harford is usually almost always out and garret only closes for like 6 inches of snow but hey who knows whats going through the mind of jackie haas

Tyler said...

washington county closed

Mr.B said...

School is CLOSED!!!

Forecast now calling for 7-11" of snow.

Tyler said...

unless the schools are pulling an event where a few years ago we went to school and they just sent us right home from school didnt even get out of the bus and it counted as a school day but we got the day off

Mr. Foot said...

That would be a neat little trick tyler but parents sure would not appreciate it, nor would the parents' employers. I don't mind either way because I can walk to school but 99.989% of those who read this site don't have to walk. Oh what a day this is going to be.

Might as get go drown my fear in some high octane coffee.

Justin Berk on ABC2 News is going to really hammer the districts for not making the call earlier. He said at 6:09 "Oh the temperature is just now starting to drop and the snow's coming down with it."

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

terpguy said...

Politics is right.

After last Thursday, I bet a bunch of Yuppie mommies called in because they missed aerobics...

Mr. Foot said...

Snow and wind have begun in earnest at Dundalk. Temperature has dropped 1 degree in past hour.

But what is the point of having valid observations that back up the science?

Congrats Mr. B, hope you get 12" for good measure

chip said...

Politics... gotta love it. I just woke the kids, and they were dis-happy. Oh well...

Mr. Foot said...

This time, the science is going to bite back HARD.

John said...

Oh how fun this day shall be. I wonder how many bus drivers, teachers, etc will be calling in sick. Nightmare is so true. The school systems that are not closing with the radar looking as it does, really run the risk of major lawsuits. Worked in a county where this happened in 1994. Also, was no fun for staff when the last kids to leave were at 6 PM because the busses were getting stuck or the drivers not comfortable driving.

wvmommyof4 said...

Berkeley co WV closed! However I wish my husband's district would have done the same. Loudoun stayed open. What a nightmare it could be! I just hope they let him go before it gets really bad.

lisagal said...

I think the 2hr delay schools got it right -- more time to make a decision while the powers-that-be wait for physical proof of all the winter storm warnings we have been getting.

Mr. Foot said...

Actually lisagal.. now that I think about it, you ARE right. A delayed opening would be the best plan, because that would buy them time to see if the storm really pans out as the forecast is saying. I take back what I said earlier. I wish Balto/DC metro would have tried that trick first.

I just hope all our students are safe and everyone gets to and from school with no problems.

I'm going to start my morning program. See you all on the other side of the stress.

Mr.B said...

Thanks Mr. Foot.

Light snow here and already a dusting.

terpguy said...

Wow...just....wow.

Can't "comment" at school..so good luck, everyone.

Be safe.

TG

John of Rosedale, MD said...

Something tells me Balto County will be closing early. Does everyone see this as turning to all rain eventually as some forecasters are calling or will it stay ice/sleet?

Mr.S said...

Well this is not what I was expecting. I'm about to head out. I'm not furtunate to live 500 yards from school, I'm closer to 20 miles. I hope the tunnels are doing ok, and stay clear for the afternoon. I'm definately in agreement that a 2 hour delay would have been more appropriate. The private schools even closed today, and we are a full day. I am thinking that this decision will definately come back to bite the admin.
See you in homeroom!
Mr. S

Tyler said...

i think it stays all ice during this event at least in the upper half of baltimore and harford counties but further south the rain may mix in for a short period of time before turning back to all snow for a quich 1" or 2" at the end of the storm

The Webmommy said...

I am just as shocked as you all are this morning. It's 40 here in Watersedge, no wind, no precip. What on earth to do? This is going to go down in the books as a wild day in the Baltimore County School system.

Mr. Foot said...

PREPARE FOR THE NIGHTMARE. I wish you all did not have to deal with the commute. Hopefully we will be coming home early to avoid the mess.

Moderate snow in Dundalk. 34 F. Thought temps GO UP during the day. Hmm, wonder why that's not happening?

Linda said...

I can't believe that your schools are open. All of you be safe, I hope they let you out before it gets too bad.

Novatriguy said...

Sticking to the roads here in my neighborhood (Leesburg) and 31 degrees. Still LCPS are open! Looking forward to a most adventuresome communte down the Greenway.

Tyler said...

well im in school right now and i cant believe i had to take a shower and get up just to come in for my first period and lunch well i guess they brought us in today because we will probably get out the rest of the week due to ice and power outages

Mr.B said...

28 degrees and light snow.

Ben said...

whens the event suppose to begin, mr foot? 7.30am here in DC and nada as of yet

i'm off to my 8am :-/

hope tomorrow will yield a day off?

The Webmommy said...

Ok, I take back my earlier post, lol, it IS snowing here in Watersedge, not heavy but steady and blowing a bit. That was quick! Looking at my kids wondering what to do.

Novatriguy said...

Now it's 30 in Leesburg. The radar echos are definitiely filling in the spaces that were most evident earlier this morning. If the school Supers in this area are looking at the same thing, teeth are nashing and hair is being pulled!

John of Rosedale, MD said...

I don't remember many situations where schools opened with a Winter Strom Warning, plus they have school days to burn stil. Carrol County looks like the one to get it right so far. Mr Foot, what will wednesday AM rush hour be like for Baltimore area? Are the models trending more towards ice or just rain?

Ben said...

after a bit of rain in DC, its now snowing....

John of Rosedale, MD said...

Baltimore County is closing 3 hrs early, i guess they got it wrong!

Gigi Lynn said...

I'm terrified because my son is on his way to UMCP (from here in Ellicott City) because despite someone saying earlier that UMCP "bailed," their website says that they're open on schedule, and he has classes all day, starting at 9:30am. What am I going to do if he gets killed in a traffic accident trying to get to/from school?!? And five of my other seven kids are in various public schools all over the place this morning. Stupid, stupid, stupid. And all for what?

lisagal said...

So now as snow changes to freezing rain and the roads are a slick MESS, parents will be scrambling and our children will be trying to get back home. NICE.

anonymous21 said...

Here at UMCP we have our own army of workers to clear snow, it is unfortunate. I dont think the administration thinks about commuters...I think they think that as long as campus roads are clear ALL state roads are clear.. falty logic but what can you do?

John of Rosedale, MD said...

Does this mean MR FOOT will be blogging 3 hrs early? hmmmmm

Mr.B said...

"Does this mean MR FOOT will be blogging 3 hrs early? hmmmmm"

LOL

Novatriguy said...

Loudoun and Faifax are closing 2 hours early

Ben said...

DC obs: where's the precip? so far everything has been very light. and now there's nothing falling. when will this ugly lull end?

arnt we suppose to get 1.5-2inches of liquid? i'm assuming the storm hasnt begun yet....

and why do many media outlest believe DC will turn to ALL RAIN over night??

this is getting depressing

elevation said...

I don't think it will be that horrible. I just drove home in HarCo and its just wet. The major roads will be fine, not some Armageddon.

Russ said...

I was just looking at capital weather .com and they are reporting that DC will see temps in some areas only climb to freezing or just above tonight. They are saying that ice accumlations could be bad outside the beltway. The weather "experts" on Baltimore TV & Radio are saying temps in Baltimore climb to 40 tonight with heavy rain???---are these guys in any way related to the so-called experts that make closing decisions in the school systems? Mr. Foot what is your take on tonight?

Julee said...

JUST back from the Hereford Zone, where the temp was 25.2 degrees on our AWS weather station.
The roads were fine UNTIL I got to my neighborhood -- not ploughed and therefore slushy. They'll be a MESS if it freezes.

Linda said...

Just started to snow lightly in bucks county, the sun was even out for a few minutes today. Really wierd weather. The forecasting remains all over the place. I guess we will see what we see, when it gets here!

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chip said...

I emailed all of my colleagues yesterday that we would be in this morning, and no one believed me, and then at school today they were all saying either, "Wow, you called it!" or, "Darn you, this is YOUR fault!" (to me, not Mr. Foot) My gut (and a good sized one it is) says that we will be in tomorrow on time, and all day. It's just changing to rain, Tom. T. says. I'll be interested in your thoughts, Mr. Foot, when you are able to post. Thanks!

wvmommyof4 said...

So far we have about 3 inches of snow and the ice is now mixing in with the light snow. I was wondering if this is ever going to get heavy? Also, temps are dropping we are now at 28.

Mr. Foot said...

Welcome home teachers! (and students) What a day. And it's only just beginning.

NWS forecast office sites not available, can't get to DC-Balt website. Anyone else seeing this?

Please report in observations when you can. I will post a new update this afternoon on where the storm takes us from here. Tonight through Wednesday will be a wild ride.

Mr. Foot said...

Congrats Chip, I think you might take the title from Peiser's Fruit Cup.

That title is unofficially known as "Prognosticator Extraordinaire"

I'm going to take your concerns into account and see if I can find a scenario that strongly supports a region wide change to rain. Concern remains ice and models support that. There's a lot of dynamics with this storm that have yet to be figured out, even by the computers and the professionals who interpret them.

Wish we could have avoided that little daymare there today, especially for elementary students. What a time it must have been for them and parents. As of this writing it is probably still going on.

Mr.B said...

2" here in greencastle. Check out the webcam on my site. Also it's 25 degrees.

chip said...

(Bowing) Thank you, Mr. Foot. Actually, I think the sign for me was that my knuckles itched all day. For some reason, that told me that we'd be in. Just read Achoo-Weather, and they say for tonight, and I quote, "Major Ice Storm" for Balmer area. Can you back that up for us, Mr. Foot? PS, Happy Half Day, teachers and students.

Russ said...

Mr. Foot,
we can't replace Peiser's Fruit cup! I had a hard enough time telling him he had to cancel B-ball practice today, and now the fruit cup? What is with Tommy T from WBAL with 40 degrees and rain tonight? Perry Hall has very light freezing rain and everything is coated white.

Russ said...

Having the same problems with NWS site. it is killing me not knowing waht this thing is going to do tonight! Has the secondary low started to develop off the coast? Still w/out water here in Perry Hall---the county says water line has been fixed---where's the water?

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

About 3 inches of snow on the ground at 2:30 pm here and light snow. The snow is powdery so even with a light breeze it blows around. Took half a day today, as 7 month old is sick.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

Temp as of 2:35 is 21 degrees. Has been droping. Our weather underground forecast for zip code 17361 now has us at 8-12 inches total snow. Interesting change from earlier. This is about 3 miles north of the Maryland state line with Baltimore County.

Christopher said...

The pitter-patter of nasty sleet just started in Ellicott City about 15 minutes ago.

I haven't heard from my son since he left for UMCP this morning. He hasn't even checked his email! I've collected all of my other children from their respective schools, but I will feel a WHOLE lot better when he's home safely.

Mr.B said...

What time is it going to get crazy Mr. Foot?

Russ said...

Henry. M is saying 1/2" to 1" of ICE & high winds later for DC/Baltimore. If that holds we are in deep trouble. My luck I get water back and then electricity goes out!

Russ said...

Finally got through on NWS, however the site looked different. Instead of saying Baltimore/DC it said Southern Baltimore County. No forecast discussion

Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1207 PM EST TUE FEB 13 2007

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE REGION...

.LOW PRESSURE OVER WEST TENNESSEE WILL REDEVELOP TONIGHT NEAR CAPE
HATTERAS TONIGHT AND MOVE UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD WEDNESDAY. THE
COMBINATION OF THESE TWO LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS WILL SPREAD A VARIETY
OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION INTO THE REGION THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY.

DCZ001-MDZ003>007-009>011-013-014-501-502-VAZ021-025>031-036>042-
050>056-WVZ050>055-501>504-140115-
/O.CON.KLWX.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-070214T1900Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-
NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-
PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-
CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-HIGHLAND-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-
SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-NELSON-ALBEMARLE-
GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-LOUDOUN-ORANGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-HAMPSHIRE-
MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-PENDLETON-HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-
EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...
WESTMINSTER...GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS...
FROSTBURG...CUMBERLAND...STAUNTON...WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...
WINCHESTER...FRONT ROYAL...CHARLOTTESVILLE...LEESBURG...
CULPEPER...MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...
FALLS CHURCH...FREDERICKSBURG...MARTINSBURG...CHARLES TOWN...
BAYARD...PETERSBURG...EMORYVILLE...HARTMANSVILLE...KEYSER...
FORT ASHBY
1207 PM EST TUE FEB 13 2007

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST
WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST
WEDNESDAY.

PERIODS OF SNOW AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. A CHANGE TO
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED OVER MOST AREAS THIS EVENING.

SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS TODAY ARE EXPECTED TO TOTAL THREE TO
FIVE INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY AND
EXTREME WESTERN MARYLAND...WHILE ONE TO THREE INCHES IS FORECAST
OVER NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND....AROUND AN
INCH IN THE I-95 CORRIDOR. OVER THE HIGHLANDS AND CENTRAL
SHENANDOAH VALLEY...AN INCH OR LESS IS EXPECTED.

TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S ARE EXPECTED TO FALL DURING
THE AFTERNOON...AND BE BELOW FREEZING EVERYWHERE BY THE EVENING
COMMUTE...AND REMAIN SUBFREEZING THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY.

TONIGHT MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP. WITH
TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING THE SUBFREEZING AIR WILL CAUSE ICE TO
FORM ON TREES...ROADS...AND POWER LINES. THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
BETWEEN I-81 AND ROUTE 15 WILL BE ESPECIALLY
PROBLEMATIC...RECEIVING ICE TOTALS TONIGHT OF BETWEEN ONE QUARTER
AND THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH. THIS WOULD CAUSE SIGNIFICANT
PROBLEMS WITH POWER OUTAGES AND TRAVEL.

ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS EXPECTED FURTHER EAST.
TRAVEL PROBLEMS AND ADDITIONAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
I-95 CORRIDOR OVERNIGHT.

THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS...DECISION MAKERS...AND PLANNERS SHOULD
CLOSELY MONITOR FORECASTS FOR UPDATES. SEVERE ICING OF TREES AND
ROADS ARE LIKELY...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD POWER
OUTAGES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE...
ESPECIALLY ON WEDNESDAY. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL MEDIA OUTLET FOR
THE LATEST UPDATES ON THIS WINTER WEATHER EVENT.

$$



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Russ said...

Did get the forecast discussion---
Mr. Foot---do you see this? if so, we better watch out!


FXUS61 KLWX 131903
AFDLWX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
200 PM EST TUE FEB 13 2007

.UPDATE..

HEADS UP - IAD 18Z SNDG COMING IN.

.SHORT TERM /THIS AFTN-TNGT/...

APOLOGIES FOR TARDINESS OF THIS PRODUCT. HV BEEN IN A CONSTANT
STATE OF MET MOTION ALL MRNG. WSW RMNS IN EFFECT. HV ISSUED ALL
MAJOR PRODUCTS. BIGGEST CHG WAS TO INCRS TOTALS FOR ICE IN THE
SHEN VLLY...BTWN RT 15 AND I-81. COLDER AIR IS NOW FILTERING DOWN THE
E SIDE OF THE APLCHNS - NOITCE DOV HAS DROPPED 6 DEGS SINCE
DAYBRK...THV IN SRN PA HAS DROPPED 4. LOW NOW OVR W TN XPCTD TO
XPRNC REDEVELOPMENT ALONG THE CST THIS EVE AND BRING IN QUITE A
BIT OF RA TO THE CWA...SOMEWHERE BTWN .75 AND 1.5??? W/ SUBFRZG
TEMPS THIS WOULD CAUSE XTNSV PROBLEMS DURG OVRNGT HRS.

AS LOW BOMBS OFF THE CST WED MRNG BLV PD OF SNOW PSBL IN NE MD
PERHAPS STRETCHING TO LOWER SRN MD...AN INCH OR TWO PSBL.

WOODY!

Mr.B said...

1.5" of FZRN
OH GOD!

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

I have given up on models (to my wife's delight). Anyway, it is cold, now down to 20 with powdery snow falling. Easily more that 3 inches of snow on the ground and roads/ sidewalks covered.

Hopefully it will stay mostly snow here as I don't want ice period. Hoping this puppy trends more south and east like it has today. Snow is now moderate as I look out the window.

I was convinced that I would get a dry slot looking at the radar but it keeps filling in and snowing at a modest rate now.

Mr. Foot said...

What a day, what a night to come. We have sleet and 26 in Dundalk.

I have looked over all data and at this point pretty much ignore models unless there's a significant change. Secondary low appears to be developing off Savannah. I have some graphics to post but the Foot day/nightcare facility is in full swing.

Here is little Kaselyn's analysis of the storm:

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That is genius don't you think? I believe it is a mathematical model predicting .54678 inches of ice for Baltimore. Dr. Chip: We'd better get that rain Tommy T is calling for, or we're done for rest of the week as far as power is concerned. I was going to evac but now too late.

Will try to update as soon as I can, hopefully before dinner. Many other players on the bench wanting to get a few plays in before game is over (read: Philly, PA, NJ, NYC, SNE)

Haven't forgotten about our friends in the north, will be working on that part of 4cast tonight.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

I think this storm has been downplayed too much by the Baltimore media. I get the Baltimore news up here and it does not seem they are taking the ice hazard very seriously yet. I think we will be lucky where I live as I believe I will have mostly snow with some sleet. Freezing rain is just distgusting and creates a complete nightmare. PRAY FOR SNOW! South of the Mason Dixon line get your flashlights ready!

Julee said...

I gave in to my battery jones and went out an hour ago to buy new ones for my flashlight and radio, just in case the ice takes over and we lose power.

When I left, the roads were just wet, now sleet and snow have taken over. In just ONE hour all of the roads (including Reisterstown Road -- a six lane thoroughfare!) have become covered over and slick.

Andy, you're only a few miles north of my school. I'll use your observations as the bellweather for a Hereford Zone closing!
Hope your little guy feels better.

tarentz said...

My sidewalks in White Marsh are frozen, and cars are freezing all over the place. If it keeps up like this, I shudder to think what it will be like in a few hours.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

Julee,

I'll keep you posted. It is snowing at a good rate here and it finally looks like winter. It is also getting somewhat breezy. I remember one year we had 5 inches of snow here and I drove down I-83 for about 5 miles and there was nothing. It was a rain/snow line situation. It is amazing what 5 miles of highway can sometimes do weather wise in this part of the region. I guess that's why you have Hereford Zone vs. THE REST OF THE COUNTY in terms of school closings.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

Mr. Foot,

If that low forms off the Georgia Coast (see I studied geography I know where Savannah is!!!!!!!) That would have huge implications for powderhounds even in Baltimore.

wvmommyof4 said...

This might just be a silly thought, but Mr Foot is there any way that some of the energy from the gulf went directly to Florida instead of up the coast. It just appears that they are getting a lot of nasty weather today in the northern panhandle of FL and over the central part of the state. I just wondered if that has taken away any of the steam that was to push this storm up to our area. I was just wondering if this played into our weather scenario at all.

Mr. Foot said...

Read your comments and will respond soon. I have to go out and do snow/ice removal,stage 1 of 20. Be back soon.

Mr.B said...

Mr. Foot do you think I will have major ice up here?

Gigi Lynn said...

Son is finally home from UMCP, so all is well. Whatever wants to come our way may do so, now that all of my family are home, safe and sound. (And that was me posting as "christopher" by mistake earlier, sorry.)

WEYTYN said...

Hey Mr Foot- at my tiny postage stamp of AMERICA....temp- 30.9 falling fast too down 6 deg in 30 minutes.

some snow some rain some sleet some day it will be warm and sunny. but not any time soon.

Carry on!

Ed-ETHS said...

4:15 PM - 25° with freezing rain and sleet in Perry Hall.

Ed
ETHS

terpguy said...

25.3F w/sleet

Fallston

Ben said...

storm has been a bust basically in DC thus far. little bit of snow, little bit of freezing drizzle and sleet, but nothing significant.

will DC get an ice storm mr foot? Will my 8am be cancelled tomorrow? can i enjoy a nice sleep in?

thanks

jessicar301 said...

Pretty nasty here in SE Baltimore City. Semms like it is getting stronger in terms of the pelting on my windows... if this keeps up all night we are in serious trouble. Stormin' Norm is still saying 1/2"- 1" of ice, not good.

Kermit said...

Mr. Foot,

Thanks for the lifeline of information through the storm. I am a new convert, as well as fellow BCPS employee.

I will be back!

terpfan3 said...

25*F and sleet in Timonium, 1.5" of snow total.

Linda said...

Snowing pretty good in bucks county, Streets in development covered, and they covered rather quickly.

Novatriguy said...

Accuweather.com has a What if Graphic about colder air collapsing toward the storm center. "This sometimes happens during major winter storms, and when it does, the precipitation immediately turns to snow"

Wonder if there hinting about something or just toying with us?

And another thing: It always seems that forecaster predictions are always biased toward more snow and never the other way around. I can only assume that this is due to the models being biased that way and also the fact that it's a lot more exciting talking about snow than a plain ol' rain storm in the winter.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

5:00 pm snow and some sleet mixed in here.

Mr. Foot said...

Time to start a new round of comments. The adventure begins.

Dundalk 26 F. Sleet/light freezing rain. Someone do a Tommy T watch and see what he says. Still 1-3" then all rain and 40 F. Ha that would be the best of all, all the ice would melt and go away.

Also need to know what the Turkmeister is up to on WJZ 13.

I usually watch Stormin Norman this time he has caught up to reality. 1/2 to 1" of ice will be a hugely disasterous disaster for this region and school would be closed rest of the week. This will paralyze us into the weekend and beyond.

So I would be thrilled for Tom T to be right and EVERYONE ELSE TO BE WRONG. But if you read the latest NWS winter storm warning text posted in the comments, it makes you want to run around the house and check for batteries. Come to think of it, maybe I should do that

-be right back

terpfan3 said...

Turk says 2-5" of snow north of 95 and .5" of ice, south of 95 1-2" and .25" of ice

Russ said...

Tommy T has lowered his temp from 40 to 38 tonight WOW. Bob Turk has temps at 33 for the city tonight. Still no water in Perry Hall. mr. Foot, can you do something about that??

tarentz said...

Tom Tasselmeyer pretty much agreed with Bob Turk(ey).

I don't think anyone knows what exactly will happen.