Who's Ready For More Powder?!
8:30 PM EST 12/28/12
(Winter Stormcast Team Statement) For those heading to ski resorts this weekend, you nailed it. Our team sees that a moderate snow event remains likely for much of the Mid-Atlantic on Saturday.
Full details in our statement below:
- This storm will be weaker than the midweek storm we just experienced with only nuisance to moderate snows expected. The snow will affect many major metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. Majority of the region will see mainly snow, except when you go south of Washington DC.
- A few changes have been made since our earlier update, including increasing some snow totals. It does seem cold air across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland Panhandle, and west portions of Virginia will lead to higher than normal snow ratios of nearly 15in of snow to 1 in of liquid. This leads us to believe that this area will see 3-5in of snow in general on Saturday.
TIMING: Snow should begin shortly after midnight Friday night in Maryland, early morning in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey/New York around mid-morning. The event will only last about 6-8 hours in each region as it moves out of MD mid-afternoon, Pennsylvania/New York late-afternoon, and New Jersey during the early evening hours.
SNOW AMOUNTS - BY OUR FORECAST ZONES
Three Rivers: 2-4"
Central PA & Northeast 3-5"
Potomac Ridge & Valley: 2-5"
Southeast PA: 3-5"
Central NJ: 2-4"
North Central MD: 2-4"
South Central MD: 1-2"
Capital Region D.C. MD: C-2"
Southern MD: C-1"
IMPACTS: Travelers heading on long weekend vacations will be impacted if they try to leave Saturday. If at all possible we advise leaving Friday, or waiting until Sunday. Temperatures will be sub-freezing to just above freezing in most areas leading to some snow covered roads and icy conditions on roads that snow melts. Expect travel to be difficult during the morning and afternoon Saturday, especially on roads where melted snow refreezes. Conditions may begin improving by the evening, especially in southern areas where the snow moves out early in the afternoon.
Lead Writer: Winter Stormcast Director Zach Fasnacht.
Contributors: Forecasters Connor M., Greg J., Jason M., Rich Foot, Keith K., Jason I.
For Ski Resorts...Every Little Bit Helps
(Winter Stormcast Team Statement) All eyes now turn to the next snow event, which is set to move along a similar path as the Christmas & Boxer Day Storm earlier this week. NWS Winter Weather Advisories have begun their march from south to north, with snow in the Southern Plains and Midwest today, arriving in Mid-Atlantic on Saturday.
But for powderhounds and ski resorts alike, this is the snow event you've been waiting to see! Looking to take advantage of the snow on the slopes? We think the resort winners from this system will be Snowshoe, Hidden Valley, Seven Springs and Wisp. Whitetail in southern PA may even jump into the fray. Additional updates for this system will be posted in our Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Page.
SUMMARY: Though a weaker storm than the 12/24-26 system, many areas of the mid-Atlantic are likely to see accumulating snow, including Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia - as well as the WV panhandle, central & southern PA, and much of MD. The exceptions will be south of Washington DC where a mix to rain is expected.
TIMING: Snow should begin around sunrise Saturday in Maryland, around mid-morning in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey/New York around noon. The event will only last about 12 hours as it moves out of MD mid-afternoon, Pennsylvania/New York around sunset, and New Jersey during the late evening hours.
SNOW AMOUNTS - BY OUR FORECAST ZONES
- PENNSYLVANIA: Three Rivers: 2-4" | Central PA & Northeast 1-3" | Southeast PA: 2-4"
- WEST VIRGINIA-MD: Potomac Ridge & Valley: 2-5"
- MARYLAND: Central MD & Capital Region: 1-3" / Southern MD: 1-2"
IMPACTS: Travelers heading on long weekend vacations will be impacted if they try to leave Saturday. If at all possible we advise leaving Friday, or early Sat AM. Temperatures will be sub-freezing to just above freezing in most areas leading to some snow covered roads and icy conditions on roads that snow melts. Expect travel to be difficult through the day Saturday, especially on roads where melted snow refreezes.
NEXT UPDATE: Posted after 11 AM Friday 12/28
WRITER: Winter Stormcast Director Zach Fasnacht; CONTRIBUTORS: Forecasters Connor M., Jason M., Jason I., Mr. Foot