Wednesday, February 14, 2007


THE VALENTINE'S DAY SUPERKAHUNA OF 2007

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6:30 AM 2/14/07 | Isn't it lovely out there. Our hearts go out to all those commuters who have to brave the elements to keep the local economy and essential services operating. Those of us who don't have to can do them a favor by staying off the roads to minimize traffic as much as possible. 

This graphic below is a compilation of current weather advisories in the Mid-Atlantic as of 7:00 AM. Focus of this forecast will now shift to the Northeast and New England for remainder of the week. 

The SuperKahuna

For a very thorough overview of the situation in the DC-Baltimore region, please visit capitalweather.com, a Washington-area focused weather blog. For latest closings/delays in the Baltimore Metro region, WBAL Channel 21 has the best site in view, and in the DC-Northern Virginia area, I always go to NBC 4. 

Thanks to our alert rader John of Rosedale, MD, you can also check status of power outages in Baltimore via bge.com, DC via Pepco.com and Philly regions. I have updated the Traffic and Travel section and if there's any websites out there you rely on during inclement weather, please let me know in the comments.

Though the storm is now moving into New England, and they have a long, long way to go, as indicated by the Natl Weather Service's current warnings and advisories map.

ICE STORM WARNINGS: NYC/LI TO CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND
WINTER STORM WARNINGS: FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO MASSACHUSETTS
HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS: NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA ACROSS NEW YORK
BLIZZARD WARNINGS: VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE
COASTAL FLOOD WATCHES: ALONG THE DELMARVA AND JERSEY SHORE


TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY A LITTLE, THE FOOT GIRLS WISH YOU
ALL A HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. STAY INSIDE AND BE SAFE!

The Foot Girls celebrating a Valentine's Day Kahuna

103 comments:

Mr.B said...

No freezing rain here.

Mr. Foot said...

Dundalk: Freezing rain and sleet to beat the band. 31 F.

Parking lot more frozen shut than I have ever seen it in years.

Be safe, stay inside.

Mr.B said...

23 and more sleet. I tell you I never see some much sleet. I think I have more sleet then snow. Mr. Foot how about this wrap around snow?

Linda said...

Good morning snow, sleet and freezing rain here in Bucks county. 22 degrees.

John said...

Looks like the schools were thinking today. :) I am down in the city about a mile from downtown. Sleet coming down like crazy. Streets look horrible (I have a main road in front of my row home.) Side streets look treacherous. Surprised the city has not yet declared a snow emergency.

John of Rosedale, MD said...

With this storm departing in the next few hours over Baltimore, is it to early to talk about any future storm possibilities? I am always thinking ahead....will the rest of February still be FABULOUS!

terpguy said...

0730

Fallston 24.6F, misty freezing rain.

0.22" in rain gauge #1 (swapped for #2 at 2100 yesterday. #2 still on station..I'll go get it and melt it shortly.

terpfan3 said...

24* in timonium. at least 1.5" of sleet on the ground, not much ice.

Novatriguy said...

I'll echo John of Rosedale's comments. We are heading to Snowshoe for the last weekend in February. The GFS (and I know it's 9-11 days out and can't be trusted) is looking more like the first part of January. Not concerned about sunny warm skiing since they have a great base now. It's skiing in the rain I dread.

terpguy said...

0748

Fallston 24.2F....belay the ZR*, it appears that most, if not all non-snow precip was IP* as there is nothing in the branches.
2.0" of "stuff" measured (after a 1.8" snowfall yesterday...the sleet packed it down).

2.6" of IP is IN gauge #2, with additional in the catch basin. Melting as I type.

Stay safe...more later.

*Mr. F used these yesterday, so I'm assuming that it's OK to use some "Metspeak".

terpguy said...

correction 0.26" of sleet in the raingauge.

Sorry...no coffee yet...

Mr.B said...

Light freezing rain. Snow and ice total 5". I really hope for 2" later.

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Mr. Foot said...

Appears from your obs the ZR (freezing rain in Metspeak) has largely stayed in southern part of the region. I know we have a 50/50 mixture with sleet here.

Big problem is the refreezing tonight when temps rip below 20 and into the teens across the region. If you don't already have a sheet of ice, you will soon.
Glad to hear that 2/3 of the region ended up as sleet.

Either way, school is closed rest of the week. I bet the announcements will start to roll by the 5PM news like they did in the Feb 03 blizzard. Temps not cracking 30 until the weekend. That also means no Saturday detention! Yippee.

E.H. Boston said...

Up here in Woburn, MA...

Snow began around 2AM then by 6AM had changed to SLEET with about an inch of snow accumulation.

By 7:30AM, everything changed back to a heavy snow, now tapering a bit. Radar getting holy...not the religious kind.

Temperature hs been flucuating from 17 to 19 the entire morning.

Current Temp: 19 Light Light Snow

Frank said...

Here in CNJ, 21 with light to mod sleet. Had 1/2" of snow, and then sleet since. Not too much though, maybe a 1/2-3/4" of sleet. Roads are slushy. Seems like so far where I am the storm has been pretty weak. Nothing memorable at all. I think if this had been snow the whole time, we may have gotten 5-6" at most.

Mr. Foot said...

Good to hear from you guys up north. Sorry I haven't been reporting much on that part of the storm yet. Frank I was concerned looking at the radar as how much ice you might get. Wrap around snow still looks possible though not much. Big issue will be the winds.

EH you'll definitely get wrap around and ocean effect once the low passes to your north. That's where you might pickup another 2-4"

Mr.B said...

Wrap around looks good for 1-3" up here.

Mr. Foot said...

Frank, I have Trenton linked as your nearest location in the Friends section. Is that correct or should there be a different spot?

Russ said...

Good Morning Mr. Foot,
good call on this storm! I agree with you on the rest of the week and school. I also agree with you about capital weather, however it is not as enjoyable on their blog as this one. I just like to read their's. By the way, STILL NO WATER!!! I guess better than not heat and power!!

Mr. Foot said...

Happy Friday Mr. Russ. It's Friday because with temps staying below 30 rest of the week, the ice is staying for a long time.

Come on sun angle, work your magic!

Did you get my email of the 5 gallon water jug? Sorry about the no water! Hey go melt some ice?!

terpguy said...

Your daughters are absolutely adorable! I hadn't seen a shot of your oldest since the pink snowsuit shots of ? years ago.

Final liquid 0700 13 Feb to 0700 14 Feb = 0.79".

Current conditions: cloudy, 29.4F, most of the bird population of southern Harford county happily stuffing themselves on my yesterday-filled five feeders.

Cardinals, Juncos, White-throats, House Finches, Carolinas, Doves, Nuthatches, Downeys, Chikadees.... ;)

...and an occasional Grackel :(

Stay safe everyone.

Rich: thank you for your updates, info, images, opinions, and commentary. I said that this would be a fun storm to watch!

Brad

terpguy said...

addendum- we DO have a light falling of IP (couldn't see it from my desk)...this ain't over yet!

John of Rosedale, MD said...

This was an interesting storm, and goes to show you how even with all this technology we have we didn't really know what was going to happen until we were like 24 hrs out, and they throw these 7, 10, and even 15 day forecast together...worst part is people buy into them sometimes..lol

terpfan3 said...

32.8F in timonium. Temps have risen 9 degrees the last hour and a half.

cgoodnight said...

Fells Point saw 1.5"-2" of "crap" as my wife puts it. sleet/snow/freezing rain mix. Currently 33.2F and raining.

Mr.B said...

Mix
27 degrees.
Coating of ice since 8am.

jwayfoot said...

Hello FF Blogsite. I just had to post a comment after seeing those cute little girls.

I'll take some credit being a senior family member.
One thing they have that I don't......nice hair!

FRAZER 25deg sleeting. and if you wan tto see the ELK River Marina cam go here-
http://www.liquidfun.com/webcam/index.html
local ELK RIVER weather info.

carry on!

Ben said...

arg classes were cancelled UNTIL 10am

everything is open now.

Ths University has only closed 6 times in the last 17 years!!

Every other school around here is closed for the day. Not fair! :-/

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John of Rosedale, MD said...

86,000 people without power in metro Baltimore, mostly in Anne Arundel county, this number changes by the minute, go to bge.com to see update

Linda said...

What absolute beauties. Thank you for sharing. As a mother of two boys 23 and 26, I look back fondly on those days.You are truely blessed. My 23 year old goes to Temple, and he had classes today, and was less than thrilled, as many other schools were closed. 21 degrees and light snow. My other sons office was even closed today!

Mr. Foot said...

Aw shucks. Thanks all for your nice comments. Praise the Lord we still have power and may those people in Anne Arundel get it back before temps get cold again.

You know I only post a pic of the ladies whenever my forecast is more right than wrong. Disclaimer: I did back off the 10-20" but I did go with 5" and ice, so that was close. So if I'm wrong on the next one..no pics!

If you've been lounging around watching constant reruns of the closings and delays..get out there and clear off your cars and sidewalks now. Once the Great ReFreezing begins tonight, it is going to be a skating rink the size of a couple major cities.

You'll get a couple hours of melting, and then by 3PM winds will start to pickup. By 6PM temps will head for 32 and keep on going down for a while, hitting upper teens tonight.

Also... try to put your car in the sun to get the remaining amount of moisture evaporated before tonight.

Once you notice the wind picking up, your time will start to run out on serious ice removal. Which is what I'm going to do right now.

Rachael said...

your daughters are extremely cute
i hope they are staying inside and out of trouble in the cold!

tirsch said...

With all of the melting going on, do you think BCPS will still be closed Thursday and Friday?

elevation said...

Stil snowing a bit in North HarCo.

I have no idea if schools will be open tomorrow or not.

I like how its still so hard to predict weather two hours ahead of time, but we are supposed to belive scientists who are predicting global warning is going to kill us all in 50 years.

wvmommyof4 said...

Your daughters are adorable!!!! We ended up with 5 1/2 inches and some drifts of about 12 to 18 inches of SLEET! I can not even imagine what this would have been like if it would have been freezing rain!!! We had almost 3 inches of snow before the freezing rain yesterday afternoon and then by early evening we had all sleet. My poor husband, this is some heavy stuff to shovel!! I would imagine our kids will be out atleast tomorrow and probably Friday too.

Lisa said...

Your girls are gorgeous! Love the eyes. Hope you are getting lots of cuddle time on this "day off." I am counting on BCPS closed for tomorrow, as I would love another day or two of cuddling with my own kiddos!

tarentz said...

We have about .5 in of ice on our sidewalks in White Marsh. Russ, sorry about your water situation. It's currently 38, but (of course) will go down overnight.

Nice girls -- great pic.

Mr. Foot said...

The Great Refreezing is rapidly approaching a parking lot near you. At 11:15 temp in Dundalk was 43, 1 hour later, 37. Just did not expect it to drop 6 deg in 1 hr. All of a sudden it gets windy, my ears are cold again, so I look up..and sure enough, cloud base is traveling north to south. The wraparound has begun as storm departs to our east and north, on to aggravate the lives of New Englanders.

Other thoughts on ice management.. after you clear the car, be sure to remove that pile under your feet especially if you live in a townhouse complex, etc. If you tamp it down, that pile of slush will turn into a dome of ice right out the car door to greet you each morning and evening.

School? I think tomorrow's commute in some areas may be worse than this morning was. Temps much much lower than last night will speed refreezing. While colleges and universities will likely be open, I expect public and private schools to again be closed.

Although there is the possibility everyone tries for a 2 hour delay in the hopes that mid morning warming will help improve road conditions.

Mr. Foot said...

Thanks Dad (who was jwayfoot) I will post a link of the marina site after I get the sidewalks clear. Guess what YOU were doing 24 years ago today Dad?

Shoveling 24 inches of snow in Paoli. The Feb 83 Blizzard. Hmm how exciting that was. I'll never forget our cross country ski trip down the middle of Route 30.

The girls are enjoying their Valentine's Day with Grams and Pap, and Mrs. D Foot is in Cecil County holding forth with 125 middle school students. So who's the bigger trooper, huh?

Mr. Foot said...

elevation.. I have some bad news for you. I hesistant to tell my students this because I don't want to scare them, but....

we are all going to die

someday.

just kidding.

but it probably won't be from Global Warming, it'll be from the NEXT ICE AGE INSTEAD!

Novatriguy said...

Loudoun County Schools are cancelled for Thursday.

Russ said...

Mr. Foot,
Just got in from shoveling for the last three hours. I have a very long drive way and thanks to my neighbor, I didn't have to do it all by hand. he has a farm tractor with a plow. However, yes I received your post about the 5 gallons of water, however STILL w/out water. As I was finishing up shoveling the wind really started to pick up in perry hall and I didn't get a temp reading but it dropped very fast. I would hope BCPS announces tonight about tomorow. Just doing around my house took three hours, can you imagine the ground crews shoveling all that sleet and ice from the trailers? and they have to do that by hand!! I know at Sparrows Point we have many of them.

Frank said...

Mr. Foot-If you can link New Brunswick that is probably best. trenton is like 30 miles away whereas New Brunswick is the town next to me. Thanks a lot!

My brother in Kutztown PA area received about 6" of sleet, and now has another 3" or so of snow on top of that. Thought that would interest some here.

lisaP said...

Here in Anne ARundel County near annapolis...about 1/2 " ice..no sleet at all. NO Power since 5:00 a.m. Some melting today...but temps are dropping...Guess we just have to wait for BGE....their web says 89,000 with out power...mose in AACO. Stay warm...

Hey - any word on weekend snow?

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

24 degrees here. If I had to guess there is 6-7 inches of snow/sleet/freezing rain out here on the ground. Really hard to shovel. This mix will turn into concrete tonight and because of high moisture content stay around for a long time. It will help to chill the atmosphere for the next "I HOPE" ALL snow event. Right now we have moderate bursts of snow falling and blowing.

Mr. Foot said...

Thanks Frank, updated the link.
Wow 6" of sleet, wonder what that would be like.

I've seen the outages in Anne Arundel and Prince Georges. And that's before the wind. oh my.

Anyone know of outage reports in PA, NJ or NYC yet?

Also.. for my fellow teachers out there.. lets start the evening commentary on school tomorrow. Who will win this time? Politics.. Science..Economics.. Safety or History?
Pick one and explain your position.
(sorry, sounds like I'm talking in BCRspeak)

Seasoned dept chairs at my school say if we close Thursday, then we're out Friday also because of the cost of heating up the building for just one day. So her vote is for #1 Safety and #2 Economics. I see considerable re-freezing happening overnight tonight and Thursday night, enhanced by any daytime melting even if it's sunny with temps in 20's. Sun angle is now equivalent to October.

So what are your thoughts? I don't think they'll announce tonight because there's hope things won't freeze as much and closing might "look foolish" again when there's belief the roads might clear up nicely. Then again someone above made the good point that it takes so much time to get the sidewalks clear, etc, that might knock out another day.

Mr. Foot said...

Oh by the way, Julee, I'd like to order 1 large veggie from Papa Johns for your Friday event. Should I wear a suit or just shirt and tie?

Weekend snow lisap.. let's hope not but I'll be looking at the European etc to see what hints it is showing.

Anonymous said...

BRIGHT AND SUNNY!! Some wind gusts whipping here... :::sigh:::

As far as the closings, HoCo will do everything in their power to get their buildings up and running...TEST SCORES are paramount to all other things! :)

Lisa said...

Well the side streets are still covered here in Parkville, with the wind picking up and the air feeling much colder. There's been reports of lots of accidents today, as well. I surely hope they consider the safety of all the kids that have to wait at bustops, etc. Could be VERY dangerous!!

I agree though, we will probably have to wait until 5:30 am at least for any decision. BOOO!

runner said...

Side streets and curvy residential roads in the Hereford Zone are treacherous and will probably be difficult in the morning. This is a heavy, hard snow to move as it consists mainly of ice pellets. I can't see it happening tomorrow--even two hours later than usual.

cgoodnight said...

Fells Point Temps dropped 3* to 31*F. Side roads are still a mess, the only one plowed in the area is Eastern, and there is a river on both sides. Walked through to downtown, and every intersection corner has 1-3" of water dammed into the slush.

Lisa said...

WBAL has an updated forecast, calling for "an equally nasty mixture of ice and strong winds Wednesday evening, with temperatures expected to rise slightly before plummeting at sunset."

Mr. Foot, sounds like your call of roads WORSE tomorrow could be right on!

Julee said...

HA HA Mr.Foot, you made me laugh out loud.
The pizzas (1000+) are from Joe Corbi. Supposed to be delived tommorow along with $100 worth of foliage plants. Whaddaya think?

I think your daughters are BEAUTIFUL!

Not a lot of snow in Sudbrook Park (1.5"), nor heavily ice coated branches. I thought the hemlocks would look like your beautiful photo from last night's posting, but no, so it's hard to imagine being out two more days!

Andy Thanks for the 6 -7 " update! A Hereford Zone day tomorrow??

Mommy of 4 What does 18" of sleet LOOK like? Sand? How INTERESTING!
Photos?

By the way Mr. Foot, you called it on the winds! They started howling at 2:55 here! And UH-OH I haven't cleaned off my car ...

p.s. Our school colors are blue and silver. We are all wearing blue ...
mukluks.

terpguy said...

I wrote a detailed theory about tomorrow along with my reasoning....and the blog ate it. So here it is in one word:

Sidewalks

If the sidewalks are covered/icy, the walkers, and the bus-waiters will have to walk/wait in the street.

That ain't gonna happen.....

Newton said...

Baltimore County will probably do all in their power to get those buildings open. MSA's and the testing calendar are the most important things to some of the powers that be.

The earlier comment about shoveling by hand around portable classrooms is a good one. That can't have been a job that was completed in a day.

The wind has really picked up here in Bel Air. The temp is quickly dropping.

terpfan3 said...

4" total in timonium. down to 29*. as of about 2:30 nothing at dulaney high school has been touched.

terpguy said...

as of about 2:30 nothing at dulaney high school has been touched.

That is VERY significant!

1520 local 30.0F...a 3.3F drop in 75 minutes.

terpguy said...

1550 local...

I've got the duhs today, big time....

Newton said...

Does anyone else live close enough to a school to see if there has been plowing and shoveling done?

Katie said...

Fairfax County is OFF tomorrow! Wahoo! After teaching in BCPS for three years, it nice to be in a county that calls off early! :-)

pez43 said...

Just starting to work on the sidewalks and parking lots of fullerton elementary. They were leaving a thin film of moisture...very slippery right now

Mr. Foot said...

Aaaaa Terpguy I know the feeling, has happened several times to me during this storm. Let me see if I can read your mind in Fallston using my wireless ouija (sp?) board.

Here's the rundown of possibilities and meaning behind the concept, so when some of you post, you'll know what we're talking about.

1. Politics and Perception: This concept means schools need to reopen as quickly as possible for a variety of valid and not-so-valid reasons, including...getting the students back in a routine, maintaining flow of the curriculum, allowing the region to return to normal..as long as schools are closed, more parents have to stay home greatly affecting local economy and area businesses, even if for just a day. In addition is parent perception. Do the parents perceive the decision to open/delay schools as a logical one because conditions out their window are improving. Obviously a whole lot more factors into the decision making process than considering parent perception.. but last week, perception ruled the day as parents complained about schools closing. They perceived it as an over-reaction to the weather conditions. January 22.. some feel districts under-reacted by having a delay when some sidestreets/sidewalks were in tough shape. The situation on Tuesday is going to be the 800 lb gorilla in the room for a little while and affect decision making.

2. Safety: Are outside conditions and/or magnitude of the workload by Office of Physical Facilities workers greater than the amount of time remaining between a certain point in time and 5:30 AM on any given situation like what we have today.

3. Economics: (I don't know if some building staffs decrease the heat on a closing or not) BUT.. if out for 1-2 days, and road, weather, sidewalk conditions are still less than favorable, would a district (any dist not just mine) spend the money and manpower to fire up the boilers.

4. Science: Clearly this won out on Wednesday as it should have. It was obvious to commuters, parents, anyone who has a shred of understanding about the weather that it was not safe or practical to attempt a regular travel day. This concept means does the preponderance of expectations that a forecast will verify soon enough or is currently verifying enough that it warrants not taking a chance it won't. In the view of some on this board, Science lost the argument on Tuesday, and politics won because of the situation on Wednesday, Feb 7. I believe a factor which influenced the Tuesday opening decision could have been memory of the "Heavy Snow Warning" debacle of late Feb 2005. NWS had issued a end-of-the-world sounding proclamation.. and snow did arrive on time, around 9AM. And it did snow heavily all morning. Problem was it did not begin to stick until 3 PM. In that case, districts were buying into the science, but turned out to be faulty science. We had overlooked the influence of SUN ANGLE. Late Feb sun is like mid Oct sun. Since the snow was falling all throughout the day, at least 50% of the storm's energy was sapped out of the clouds by insolation (INcoming SOLar radiATION). So the roads, sidewalks etc were simply just wet. In retrospe

5. History: Howard County is an example of this final concept. Please note I am not an employee of HoCoPS. Based on the decision making that occurs in that county from what I have been told via my "people in the field" the conclusion I draw is that their decision-makers either:

A. Grew up in Oswego, NY

B. Think it is still the 1960's when we would send students/staff to and from school in any weather imaginable

C. Are under so much pressure to maintain test scores so as to win the Blue Ribbon Awards/meet AYP they must do whatever it takes including risking safety of students and staff to see that schools are open

D. Answer to a school board which for some reason will refuse to consider factoring snow days into the calendar because of option C.

or E. All of the above.

What your vote? Here is my proposal:
*Harford and Carroll have activated their snow emergency plans, Balt Co has not..meaning district snow removal equipment is free and clear to do what they need to do with no restrictions.

*Difficult to get good results if open on just Friday. Better to get everyone back in the swing of things on Thursday so attendance on Friday is not abysmal

*Jan 2004..last ice storm we were closed Mon-Tue-Wed and 2 hr delay Thu and open on time Friday.

I think many districts will try their darndest to go for at least a delay tomorrow, and I'm expecting to see that on the scroll at 5:30 AM, and I'm going to plan accordingly.

Mr.B said...

Light snow here.
20.8 degrees
Very windy.
Looks like blizzard conditions out there.

tirsch said...

My parents live across from Patapsco High School in Dundalk and it has been plowed.

Mr Foot - Is the Dundalk parking lot clear? Montgomery is closed tomorrow. Did they have it worse than us?

It's a little hard for me to distinguish between what I want, what's right and what will happen. I want to be off and I think think we should be off due to what I'm hearing about road conditions. So that leads me to think we'll be 2 hrs late for reason #1 above.

terpguy said...

FYI-

BCPS have opened schools, on time, with a snow emergency plan IN effect.

My gut feeling is 2hrs late for BC...I really can't see us on time....but that's my opinion...and I could be wrong.

Radar's showing some "wraparound" headed my way...27.5F...5.8F drop in 2 hours.

Deanna said...

Hello Mr. Foot. I am pushing for safety and economics.

- 1/3 of the population at Edgewood secondary schools walk everyday! I would hope that the county would consider these children, and that they would not want them to fall on their way to school tomorrow.

- My school is old, and it does not get warm until Tuesdays, so I am hoping that they say to heck with it, and close for the rest of the week.

Although, by this article - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.snowdays14feb14,0,773899.story our children do not benefit from snowdays, so may they are going to worry more about AYP than the safety of the employees and students.

Come on Harford Co. - I need a 6 day weekend!!!

Mr. Foot said...

I just heard Dundalk High parking lots are plowed, sidewalks are not.

Maybe I'll revise my predictions:

Hereford: Closed
Other Half of BCPS: 2-hr delay. What do you think?

Harford, Cecil, Carroll, Frederick: Closed
Howard: Opening 2 hours early, closing 3 hours late to compensate

Baltimore City: 2-hr delay

Anne Arundel: Closed until March.
75,000 power outages!

cgoodnight said...

High was 35 at 1pm and semi-windy, now it's 26, and the wind has picked up.

terpfan3 said...

dulaney now has more than half cleared. But, the parking lot(already was cleared) has about an inch of slush on it which will turn to ice tonight.

Anonymous said...

Howard: Opening 2 hours early, closing 3 hours late to compensate

BWAHAHHA!!! You got it....

Lisa said...

How can they have school when so many side roads will be a sheet of ice by morning? Do you think they will factor in more than just the schoolparking lot conditions? Nothing is clear on the side roads -- just slush...which I presume will freeze???

And do you think the winds tonight will cause more BC power outages?

John said...

The almighty MSA scores will drive a lot of the decision. If we have a 2 hour delay attendance will be horrible at the elmentary level. At the elementary level a 2 hour delay is a worthless day because schedules are a mess and there are no big blocks of time to actually get a lesson in.

I know that as a teacher who is taking into consideration the MSA scores, I believe the most important thing to do will be to close. I know that for me I live in the city and the side streets do not get plowed and get one treatment of ice. Teachers that live in the city will be vary cautious to want to drive on the side streets.

I know that Montgomery County has already called for the day tomorrow.

emsays said...

Sidewalks are still pretty hazardous, I do not know that there is much they can do about this because they have to concentrate on the roads. Last year we got that big snow storm and even though the parking lots were plowed we still got off. Could this be the case once again?

elevation said...

I don't think HarCo will be off tomorrow, but a lot can change in 12 hours.

Deanna said...

I am pushing for the North Harford area to be almost untouched by plows! Thank goodness there isn't a North Harford zone ...

Andy, Southern York County PA said...
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Ed-ETHS said...

Just drove past the schools in Perry Hall. The high school parking lot has been cleared (the best they could) but is about 50 - 60% ice-covered. From what I could see, it's the same with the elementary school. I have also been told that the neighborhood streets in Reisterstown are pretty bad. At 14° tonight, I doubt that salt will have much effect. I'm thinking it'll be at least a 2-hour delay.

Kristen said...

Newtown HS and ES-sidewalks clear and parking lots mostly clear.

Mr. Foot said...

Heard they'll be making some announcement about Balto Metro schools at 5:30 on news.

The suspense is about exciting as waiting for the latest computer model run!

Loudon County is just trying to show their test scores are SO HIGH, they can afford an extra day!!! (hope you laugh and are not offended!)

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

Now 5:25 pm and a heavy snow squall has been falling last half hour here and windy. Sometimes blinding conditions. A fresh powdery new half inch blowing everywhere. Just when I though it was all over.

Deanna said...

Not a very good announcement ..... only stuff we already know.

flurrying in Rosedale

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

Still moderate to heavy blowing snow falling here. Looks like the back end of some precip. is trying to fill in. Check out the readar trend. It's moving back into N. Maryland.

Andy, Southern York County PA said...

5:40 PM

I THINK BASED ON RADAR, LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER 2 HOURS OF SNOW AND IT IS REALLY HEAVY NOW! At this rate I say another 3 inches.

Now Cast from weather underground for York County:

Snow showers...some locally heavy...will continue through 6 PM. Localized additional accumulations of up to an inch can be expected during this time. Gusty northwest winds will cause significant blowing and drifting of snow...enough to cause localized white out conditions. If traveling this afternoon and tonight use extra caution. Visibilities will be reduced by blowing snow and many roads will still be snow covered and slippery.

cgoodnight said...

21* in FP, what a crappy schools/weather anouncement. Listened to someone spend 15min trying to get out of their parking spot while they were saying looking good.

Kermit said...

Same observations as noted earlier in Perry Hall.

Perry Hall High has been plowed, but parking lot is greatly covered with ice.

Perry Hall Middle is plowed, and the parking lot looks very clear.

Seven Oaks Elementary was getting worked on as I drove by at 5:15.

Chris said...

Mr. foot iknow you thought before that we were going to get off school through friday has your opinion changed?(baltimore county)

Anonymous said...

just heard Carroll County Schools closed for tomorrow....

Newton said...

I saw from Channel 11 (WBAL) that several counties in MD have closed for tomorrow. They included Garrett, Montgomery, Carroll, and Queen Anne. They had a Balt Co. roads worker on to say that they had not hit all secondary roads, and that slush will freeze tonight making them unplowable in the overnight hours.

Anonymous said...

Add Anne Arundel to the list of closed for THURS

Lisa said...

Anne Arundel just closed, no surprise.

Mr. Foot said...

Dundalk: 25 F and moderate to heavy snow.

Chris, I haven't really changed my opinion, I was just throwing something out there to see if it was going to be viewed as a reasonable call or not. A trial balloon as they say in politics.

I agree having kids out of school a while is not a good thing for a LOT of reasons (insert your worse case scenario here). But the situation tonight and tomorrow will be decidedly worse... colder, windier, snow squalls hampering work of crews clearing lots. That snow refreezing, requiring another round of salt, secondaries and sidestreets very icy, sidewalks needing hand shoveling. I used a snowblower for some of it today and after 3 hours of work my arms are beat. Imagine what the crews who have to do all the school sidewalks are up against! And how heavy that stuff is going to be in the overnight hours. The current squalls, if they keep up, will be seal the deal.

Given the overwhelming evidence, I say at LEAST a delay. Maybe they'll issue a "will reevaluate at 6:45" statement.

Make no mistake... I am not rooting for a big huge disruptive thing like this. It greatly affects all of us in many ways long after the snow has melted. I just want to see a call that makes sense to the public.

snmbmx said...

anne arundel county closed hopefully a baltimore county closing on the way

terpguy said...

OK-

Just watched a crawl from Ch 2 during ABC World News....

...it was from Stormin' Norman stating that a Winter Storm Warning was posted for the whole State, and that the area will get major precip tonight. It ran twice....

Un-

Be-

Lievable....

Julee said...

22 degrees and LOTS of blowing snow in Pikesville. When I looked out a few minutes ago I thought it was fog!

Now my car and the porch I cleaned off earlier are covered up again. YAY!

Beautiful.

Matt said...

Looking at the BCPS website, they've rescheduled today's Board meeting for tomorrow evening. (Of course, it was rescheduled for today from yesterday even though they must have known we'd be closed today.) So there is one more "political" side of things to consider in their decision making. The meeting has to happen soon because they have to get budget approved before the end of the month. So whether that will be a factor or not will remain to be seen.

elevation said...

I live in Jarrettsville, the combination of new snow coming down and the fast wind is recovering the roads with snow. It was really whipping.

John said...

What happened to them putting out something at 5:30. I say just go ahead and put out a 2 hour delay tonight. Why wait till tomorrow morning to put it out.

Mr.B said...

A cold 19 degrees here in greencaslte. Windy with blowing snow, but the snow from the sky has ended indefinatly.

Deanna said...

Cecil County is now closed ... the closings are "closing" in on the Metro area! Come on .....

Light snow in Rosedale.

wvmommyof4 said...

It is 21 with gusty winds (about 25 to 30 miles per hour). VERY COLD , repeat VERY COLD.
Julee... remember the 12 to 18 inches of sleet were just the drifts. Overall it was about 5 1/2 inches. It actually just looked like grainy snow that had a hard top. The kids loved it because they could walk on top and sled anywhere!! After the sunshine today everything has frozen over with a glaze of ice. Boy is it slippery, but it is beautiful!!

By the way: Happy Valentines Day!