Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Promise of Future Powder?

Improving Opportunity For Accumulating Snow Late Next Week

Fluffs of cloud-like snow on a wood grained "sky"
Photo by central Maryland reader Jeff Perkins
6:24 AM 1/14 - If you managed to capture falling fractals Tuesday night (or any other time), we welcome your photos for future posts. 

What's interesting to note in the photo is how the snowflakes have a fair amount of fluff and substance, not tiny ice crystals. 

It's an indication that despite dry air and marginal moisture, the right ingredients assembled in this brief time period to produce a snow type that can clump together, aiding in accumulation.


Photos may be submitted via a post on the Facebook forecast page for central Maryland or by email to team@footsforecast.org.

  • TODAY - Sunrise temps in the mid 20s across the area will be cooled by winds of 10 mph at times, but at least highs will climb to the low and mid 40s across the region. 
  • FRIDAY into SUNDAY - The pattern that can't win for losing looks to score another win for someone else. A cold rain arrives late Friday and continues into Sunday. Some areas of northwest Maryland and central PA could see gloppy wet snow, but us metro dwellers will have to contend with just cold and damp.

  • NEXT WEEK - Passage of the weekend system will usher in below normal temperatures once again. An Arctic front arrives on Sunday, bringing very cold conditions for Monday through Thursday. The next best opportunity for accumulating snow in the Mid-Atlantic comes Thursday night 1/21 into Friday 1/22. Updated details on this rising potential will be issued in today's Weekly Insider. To become a subscriber and be in the know before the snow, preview the advantages at our Insider's registry page. 


Hope ahead for wintry wonderers. Take note that each passing event has been bringing the long range pattern into closer alignment for a significant coastal event. This may just have to be a case of "good things come to those who can wait."
The FF Winter Stormcast Team



12 comments:

Snowplease said...

Any thoughts on the sun-mon possibility? Looks like the low will stay south leaving us dry but the jury is still up on this storm hopefully it can materialize and be our first snow of the season.

Mike Cheuvront said...

Too early to tell. But it appears the southern jet will not be involved and we would be left hoping the Arctic front spins up a storm just right.

That is not an event that happens a lot but it could.

In any event, it's way too early. Maybe by Saturday you should start getting excited if snow is forecasted but not before then.

ravensbbr said...

I'm holding off enthusiasm until February. Maybe pessimistic of me, but also realistic? Time will tell.

In the meantime, this weather has sucked for hunting. Oh well, more for next year...

Snowplease said...

Certainly was a strange year for hunting first time in several years I remember going and there was no snow on the ground in Garrett county and it was the 60s in central Maryland. Black bears were out until late December this warm weather had everything messed up. Hoping late Jan-feb unfolds a behemoth.

ravensbbr said...

Yeah, just hoping the geese & ducks stick around a little while after it snows before heading out...normally this time of year the freezer is full, not so much this year.

Mike Cheuvront said...

Amazing how every time it warms up there is a storm down south. It never fails.

ravensbbr said...

The Winter of Our Discontent: Part Deux

kristia35 said...

d7 is looking promising. But so has everything else at d7. I won't get sucked in again. Wait, who am I kidding? Yes I will.

Unknown said...

I don't mean to be overly negative, but FF doesn't seem to be as valuable as it was a few years ago. Updates to the main page are sporadic at best. Only two updates this week. I know this site is mainly driven by snowphobia and snowlust, but still, you'd think the site could be updated more frequently, like it used to be. Is it just the warmer weather that has squashed updates? Or is it the "more exclusive" nominal fee-based subscription service that is causing the paltry updates? Whatever, the value of the main website has significantly decreased and has less technical content than it used to. Based on the recommendation of a meteorologist, I have migrated over to following the Capital Weather Gang on Facebook. They provide multiple daily updates, regardless of whether it is going to snow or not. Anyway, if you are not getting your fill of WX info here, I recommend you look up the Capital Weather Gang. In the meantime, keep up the great work FF. Just wish you would do what you used to do, more frequently, even if it is just going to rain.

Anonymous said...

Unknown --

I agree with you. The site, which used to be the go to for all weather info, especially the early snow possibilities has lost a bit of its luster. I think it has become more "commercial" with costs for different things now, including information. I still come to the site strictly for the bloggers info. Their knowledge and updates are still outstanding! I still like the Foots Forecast team, but I love the info I get on this blog. I have learned a lot in the past few years. Thanks.

Adnoh said...

It really has gone down hill. I miss the days when they would share information for research purposes. I really thought Foot's Forecast started as an educational group. Either way. I still check in often during the winter.

Morpheus said...

Hey disappointed readers - times change and while I understand the disappointment of a weather sight that is not updated constantly updated, especially if weather is a real interest of yours. If you have been an avid visitor of the site you would know from the posts that Mr. Foot is no longer a teacher working with HS students to keep the site updated. He has another job, making this more of a secondary focus than when he was a teacher, although I think some of his student now in collage are still involved. I think the focus now is major storms out of winter season and periodic updates during winter, until there is a storm within the prediction time frame. The for fee side is a blending of a service for landscapers and the like that deal with snow as a business or governance and a new insiders view into the traditional for fee side. I think once we have a big storm on the table you will see the analysis as in the past with different scenarios and why on this site. I appreciate what is done for free here and 5 bucks is not much for a full (season 2016) of more real time snow related details (see previous posts).