Monday, February 21, 2011


"Let's get it started... in here.."
- 2004 single by the Black Eyes Peas (Youtube link)

Special media note: Scroll down for the interview of Stormchaser Vince Webb.

10:15 PM EST Monday 2/21/2011 Our forecasters report that sleet and heavy snow have started in earnest across the I-95 corridor, with the bullseye likely to be from Northern Virginia and western Maryland to the Baltimore-Washington metro areas. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for this areas tonight into tomorrow morning. A current statement is posted in the Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast page. The Ohio Valley is also under warnings for heavy snow of 6-10" in northeastern parts of the state.

With heavy snow overnight into Tuesday morning, there may be considerable difficulty getting school started again tomorrow. Temperatures by Tuesday night in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will plunge into the teens following the storm. In areas where snow and sleet remain unplowed, it will quickly refreeze Tuesday night. If this storm has made school systems anxious about travel impacts into Wednesday, we urge as much removal and clearing as possible tomorrow. Temperatures Wednesday are unlikely to break 32 F north and west of Washington, DC, thus hope should not be placed on a quick melting despite an increasing sun angle.

Hard to believe that just three days ago, many residents now receiving snow were basking in 70 degree temperatures.

SEVERE IN THE SOUTHEAST? Another truth to behold is the increasing potential for a strong thunderstorm and tornado outbreak by Thursday in the Southeast. Regular updates will be posted by the regional severe teams in our facebook centers for the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Our Severe Team is already on the task, including Stormchaser Vince in Mississippi, the 4-member team in Georgia, Forecaster Nic in North Carolina and Forecaster Jason in southern Maryland. We also have a new Southeast page specifically for our readers from the Carolinas to Central Florida. Updates from facebook will be reposted on this page for those without access to facebook from school or work

MARYLAND SNOWFALL GRAPHIC The image below was generated for our Maryland readers and posted in several zones on facebook. A couple thousand people have already seen this - not bad for a high school student on vacation from school today!


CREATIVE IN COLORADO We know many readers enjoyed the adventurous reports last week of Stormcaster Vince Webb from Central Mississippi in his visit to Central Colorado. Now you get to hear the story behind the forecaster in this special interview between Forecaster Webb and Mr. Foot, as recorded Sunday afternoon just north of Denver, CO.


video

."I cannot tell a lie..."
- Apocryphal quote atttributed to George Washington
by Parson Weems in The Life of Washington, first published in 1800.

12:40 PM 2/21/2011 Our current statement for the Mid-Atlantic is posted in the main site and on facebook. Despite today's cool to mild rain expected from the southern Ohio valley to the Atlantic coast, colder temperatures will change precipitation over to sleet and snow tonight. North of Baltimore, a general 4" of snow and sleet is expected for areas north of I-70 and west of I-81. South or east of that line, amounts of 2" or less are expected. Details the Washington metro area are posted by our Capital Region page in facebook, lead by Forecasters Jason, Mintong and Nikki.

For those concerned about the effects this storm may have on the Tuesday commute and school schedules...we cannot tell a lie. For areas where snow and sleet are mixed, icy roads tomorrow may extend the President's Weekend one more day for students and teachers.

Further details and links to regional zones can be found in the tabs above for Winter Stormcast and Eastern.

(Forecast Advisors Foot, Lear and Krichinsky. Contributors: Forecasters Winterman, Jason M., Mike N., Dakota S., Connor M., Nikki B.)

88 comments:

Morpheus - Woodmore, MD said...

DC area looks to be below much of the snow line...yet again this year! :(

hocoKtchr said...

I know, but a lot of the DC tv channels are saying 1-2" or 1-3" for DC!  You never know!  Faith in the flakes!  O:-)

Mary in Hydes said...

Bring it on whatever it is!   Andy...Hope you can post soon.

Tina said...

I've gotta feeling Andy is cursing the Verizon gods and wishing for a pox to smite them! :-P  

BioPat said...

 Whoa, i just got back from the funeral and cannot get over how cold it is; what happened to the wrm morning we were expecting??  With the cold already in place, I do not see any rain falling today!  That being the case, I believe we may see 6 or even more inches of snow in Baltimore by tomorrow morning. 
  Obviously more snow over a longer period of time is going to put school officials, winter, and spring coaches at odds with the weather.  Winter sports, now in tournaments, may have some rescheduling to do, and well those spring sports better break out the yellow and orange balls for practice.  Schools?, well if that 6" does materialize we can bet on at least the 2 hour call, but if the warmup is delayed we can expect to extend that long weekend. 
  Andy I'm hoping Verizon is planning a  trip up there to the Pa forest area to get you back online.  Have you thought about a wireless connection; sure would like to hear your take on current conditions.

Tina said...

http://weblogs.marylandweather.com/2011/02/overnight_snow_could_drop_13_i.html

Paul ( Owings Mills ) said...

Hey everyone... well Im home hit lots of sales.....They just upgraded AA COUNTY , HOWARD COUTY.. TO WINTER STORM WARNINGS!!!!!

Tina said...

NWS has now added HoCo and MoCo to winter storm warning alert!

Weeeeee!!!

Matt_74 said...

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE...BRIEF PERIOD OF SLEET...THEN SNOW WHICH WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT.
* ACCUMULATIONS...5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.
* TIMING...WINTRY MIX OF SLEET AND RAIN WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS EVENING...CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW LATE THIS EVENING. THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY MORNING...BECOMING HEAVIEST BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 4 AM.
* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING... DROPPING TO THE MID 20S BY TUESDAY MORNING.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
&&

Mary in Hydes said...

Sound like the local mets are in on it now.  Heard on the radio....Tom T is saying 4-8.

jasper said...

Looks like my new the snow blower will get a workout in the am, Yeah! But am wondering if it will have to plow through 5,6 or 8+ inches of sonw? I have been following this storm since this morning and all the local channels have been playing it down until the mid day news report and now everyone has jumped on the band wagon. I guess they did not want to panic the public, you  know toilet paper, milk and bread. Here in Columbia i am looking for a possible 7 to 8 inches of snow.

Amy said...

I was just doing regular grocery shopping this afternoon and the store was empty with plenty of milk, bread, and TP on the shelves.  Maybe people don't watch the midday news.

hocoKtchr said...

I was out with friends for lunch on Saturday and I mentioned the storm for Monday night/Tuesday morning...everyone said that it was not going to be anything...just rain, or at most, 1 inch of snow. 8-)

I said, "Just wait and see!"  Looks like I was right!  Good thing I had the heads up from Andy several days ago with his initial 6-12" call!  O:-)

Tina said...

Ditto for me at work:  "It's not gonna happen."

Riiiiiight.

zach said...

The ever popular freezing rain here in Severna Park.. Hope we get half a foot!

somestars said...

Just back from taking son to his birthday lunch at Bahama Breeze, walked around Towsontown Mall a little bit and came outside to ... sleet!   Sleeted all the way home to Pikesville.
I thought it was supposed to start around 9 tonight and change over to snow at midnight.

ANDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ...

NeedaSnowday said...

Heya Julee!  Love their coconut shrimp...  hope you had a great celebration!  Looks like we are about to be celebrating the PDIII (minor as it might be) storm.

And, ANDDDYYYYYY...   hope you get your internet fixed soon!

JULIE said...

Hoping for Andy and anyone know where Rufus is?

NeedaSnowday said...

HI Julie/Daniel!  :) So, how much longer til you celebrate a BIRTHday!? 

JULIE said...

I was there today! Looks like a few days to next week. So BRING ON THE SNOW!! ;)

NeedaSnowday said...

<span>Very cool!! You should probably have Daniel let us know when you go in... </span> :) :)

hocoKtchr said...

So if we get a lot of snow overnight tonight/tomorrow, that will probably be the baby's signal to come on out and play!  O:-)   Have your bag packed and ready, and all the needed car essentials to drive in some snow!!!  Just in case!

ravensbbr said...

<span>So in light of Andy's apparent internet woes, here's your psuedo-Andy-esque weather forecast for this evening to tide you over:  
 
"SNOW SNOW SNOW will PRECEDE an EVENTUAL warming UP over THE next WEEK or SO. Do NOT think that THIS storm will be ANYTHING but a MAJOR winter EVENT!!! Looking at the HPC ABC CIA DOA Zulu Knuckle Slamadamadingdong 2000 Predict-O-Meter run from the 2400Z EUROTRASH model, we see that the QPF and ABC as well as the DEF AND the GHI line up EXACTLY as I said they would SEVENTEEN WEEKS AGO, despite what the TV METS said about it being 70 degrees and sunny tomorrow.  
 
NOBODY should be surprised that the FRIGGIN next ICE age is UPON us and you better be prepared with a 400HP SNOWTHROWER, some PAM for the snow SHOVELS and, of course, enough MANWICH to feed a small battalion..."  
 
Just kidding, Andy, but hurry back so that (other than Terpguy) someone here will actually know something real about meteorology and can fill the rest of us ignorant slobs in and save us from our What's It Going To Do In My Backyard (WIGTDIMB) comments and other such gems, like "Hey ya'll, LOOK, it's SNOWING!!!  </span>

:-P

somestars said...

Hey Needy!  HAD the coconut shrimp.  HEAVEN! 
Have you ever had their cinnamon sweet potatoes?  I could just have a plate of that!
Had a lovely time.

Now setteld in waiting for something fun and flakey to happen.

Tina said...

Lordy, I'm wearing out the "refresh" button, hoping against hope each new post is gonna be The One.

::pleaseletitbeAndy-pleaseletitbeAndy::

Ah, am just now hearing icy pellets hitting the windows in Gaithersburg.

terpguy said...

Out-
Stan-
Ding!!

:-D

JULIE said...

EXACTLY...Having contractions now. Of course on and off but it would be my luck....

Anne Province said...

That is hilarious!  And I hope all your models (whatever the heck they were!! LOL) are right and we get SNOW :)

somestars said...

My son, whose birthday it is today, was born on a night when we had rain, sleet, snow and thunder.
Be CAREFUL Julie!

JULIE said...

my car battery died this morning, but it's all fixed, bags packed and car seat isnt installed but right here! I am so ready to get this over with, but if she waits one more day it would be better as my husband has to work a double.

JULIE said...

Any truth to this?? -

JB Fbook: Carrie: "<span>Any truth that pressure changes can trigger labor? People keep mentioning this to me (I'm 37 weeks). Should I be concerned?"</span>

JB: "@Carrie- Yes. Sort of like your ears popping up a mountain, or grandma's knee when it rains.
I know someone else close to due date now as well. But this low pressure is nothing like the coastal storms this or last year

JULIE said...

so is this a drop in barometric pressure or a rise?


"<span>Significantly more occurrences of onset of labor were identified in the 24 hours after a drop in barometric pressure than were identified in the 24 hours</span> prior to the drop in barometric pressure (P < 0.05). Therefore, the overall number of labor onsets increased in the 24 hours following a significant drop in barometric pressure"

hocoKtchr said...

it's never easy, is it?  I am glad you got the battery fixed!  That would have been terrible!  Take care of yourself!!!!

hocoKtchr said...

Terpguy? I think it falls to you to answer since Andy can't play...due to Verizon's refusal to fix his service and let him entertain us all again!  O:-)

JULIE said...

I HATE VERIZON RIGHT ABOUT NOW.

Tina said...

Julie, given what folks are saying on JB's site, I'd go spend the night in the hospital parking lot!

I see Annapolis City gov't is opening 2 hours late tomorrow.

BioPat said...

Snow coming down at a steady pace in Catonsville.

ho co sub said...

FREAKING HILARIOUS ... L-O-V-E IT!!

somestars said...

Hey y'all, LOOK it's SNOWiNG!!!!

NeedaSnowday said...

Cars, sidewalk and grass peeking through the snow cover...  is this starting earlier or is it moving into the area faster?

Mary in Hydes said...

Snowing like crazy here in Hydes.  Everything is covered.  Roads too.  Had a short period of sleet but no rain.  Hope this storm is still on schedule.  Oh Andy we miss you.  Hope your internet gets fixed soon!

hocoKtchr said...

Road is totally covered out here in Frederick....not sure how much is sleet/ice and how much is snow!  Quite a change in the half hour since I last looked!  It is coming down "fast and furious!" 

JULIE said...

Just sleet in Glen Burnie

Amy said...

Lots of sleet in Pasadena.  The ice alone should = a two hour delay for schools.  Hopefully snow soon.

hocoKtchr said...

<span>Ft. Detrick is closed for tomorrow...interesting that they called it already!  Not a good sign for us going in tomorrow... "2 hours late" would be perfect..."off" would be June 22nd. ICK</span>

Chet Ross said...

Started sleeting in Forest Hill (Harford County) around 4:30. By 7:30 it had turned to snow. It is now coming down at a good clip and the neighborhood road in front of our house is covered.

Amy said...

Seriously! I love the snow, but the way they do snow days here sure puts a damper on things.  It just changed over to snow here in the Dena, so not sure what it looks like out HoCo way.

wvmomof5 said...

been sleeting since around 7:45-temp 24 -did not want ice just snow!!!!

BioPat said...

Yes.

Buddy said...

Southern PA....the grass is covered. I thought we were going to have periods of rain...LOL

Leslie said...

Hubby is teaching tonight at Fred. Comm. College. Worried about the roads..... :(

Andrew said...

Snow in NE Balto City. Side walks getting covered, as well as side roads.

hocoKtchr said...

I'm in a development on the eastern part of Frederick county, about 10-12 min from FCC. I'm on a sidestreet, so it has definitely not been treated...  Still a mix of sleet and snow...more snow now though!  Street and sidewalks totally covered! 

Tina said...

You can watch the roads around the area on traffic cams:

http://www.trafficland.com/city/BAL/index.html

ravensbbr said...

And here:

http://www.chart.state.md.us/MapNet/MapDOTNET.aspx?Browser=IE7&ViewName=Select&Cmd=switchtheme&tab=VideoAndCamera&DoPanTo=False&Direction=&PanFactor=&DoZoomScaleFactor=&x=&y=&Encoder=&timestamp=47921&x1=0&x2=0&y2=0&y1=0&gCenterLat=null&gCenterLon=null&gZo

Leslie said...

Husband just got home from FCC. 70 is a mess, accidents everywhere! Stay home everyone!!!

Tina said...

Right, I forgot about that site! I'm guessing there are too many incidents going on right now to keep this up-to-date:

http://www.chart.state.md.us/MapNet/MapDOTNET.aspx?Browser=NS6&ViewName=Select&Cmd=switchtheme&tab=Traffic&DoPanTo=False&Direction=&PanFactor=&DoZoomScaleFactor=&x=&y=&Encoder=&x1=0&x2=0&y1=0&y2=0&gCenterLat=null&gCenterLon=null&gZoomLvl=null

ravensbbr said...

<span> real-time, at least the cams are, so WYSIWYG as far as they go. Accident data, yeah, that takes reporting and confirmation, but it's pretty close to real-time.</span>

JULIE said...

guess we're doing this storm w/out Andy. Dang you verizon! >:o

JULIE said...

Thanks ;)

JULIE said...

glad he got home safe!

Tina said...

I bet he's pulling his hair out by now. 

It's POURING sleet in Gaithersburg.  A plow already when through, which is unheard of this early on.  Not that it did much good.  I think the crews are gonna have a long night of playing catch up.

JULIE said...

the plows go up and down my street every 5 min snow or not (live on Snow Emergency Route). My son will never sleep if I move to a quiet street :)

somestars said...

If you think WE'RE suffering, what about poor Andy's wife?

Leslie said...

Thank you!!

Leslie said...

I didn't know it COULD snow without Andy.

Tina said...

I know it's not the accurate thing to do, but with no Andy-translations happening, the radar face value looks kinda skimpy on moisture to me...

http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Current.aspx?location=USVA0731&animate=true

JULIE said...

:-P

ravensbbr said...

Thanks, I'll be here all zee veek, try zee veal, don't forget to tip your vaitress...

ravensbbr said...

IDK...doesn't look terrible to me...

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMapFull.aspx


Actually, I think Andy, Terpguy and Mr. Foot staged this "internet outage", to see if anyone steps up and they can recruit any latent raw weather talent that may surface here on the message boards...

ravensbbr said...

..boy, are they screwed. :-P

ravensbbr said...

LOL!!! Awesome.

JULIE said...

this just doesnt feel like the storm w/out Rufus and Andy. Weird. Didn't realize I equated snow with them but it's not the same lol.

JULIE said...

well goodnite all...heading to bed with a little stickage and will wake up to see what's what.

JULIE said...

I love looking out my door and watching the firemen playing in the snow with their suits on.

ravensbbr said...

A quick run onto the back deck for a weather check...equals cold feet and no measurement as I forgot the yardstick downstairs. Hmmm...I...guess...there's about 4 inches on the ground? And it's...frickin' freezing out there?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm1Lfmo3dps

ravensbbr said...

Are they doing snow angels?

Mary in Hydes said...

I'm sure as much as we miss them...they are missing us.  At least we can look on here.  they can't.  Good night all.  Looking forward to a snow day tomorrow...or should I say today.

terpguy said...

Fallston, 0330
23.9°F
29.82" R
4" of snow

NeedaSnowday said...

Carroll County gets the ball rollin'- Closed today....

Next batter up......

NeedaSnowday said...

Add Anne Arndel, Baltimore, and Howard

NeedaSnowday said...

Harford following suit....  closed....

hocoKtchr said...

Frederick closed too...Mont Co on 2 hour delay...DC public schools 2 hour delay too, but staff reports on time...how in the world can they do that? I doubt all of the staff lives close by their schools...ick!

terpguy said...

Fakkston, 0505
22.7°F
29.84" R
Snow has stopped, maybe a little more in a little while...
4.5 or so inches eyeballed.

NeedaSnowday said...

Add Harford County to list - closed

NeedaSnowday said...

Balto City takin off too....

ravensbbr said...

Going out to snowthrow...have to get an average measurement later. Any one else notice a little drifting and blowing?

Morpheus - Woodmore, MD said...

3/4 inch of ice witha bit of snow on top - not enough to blow or shovel really. Sun should do the trick.  Did not even get the predicted 1-3 NWS or 2-4 Foots predicted. Snow dome in full force in Bowie area...