"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.
."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.)