Monday, January 25, 2016

A Sight You Seldom See
ALTHOUGH NOT ALL ROADS LOOK THIS GOOD, 
MUCH PROGRESS IS UNDERWAY BY AN ARMY OF CREWS.

9:30 AM 1/25 - In midst of the snow recovery, we wish to take a moment and recognize road those AWESOME and HEROIC road crews: At the state level, in counties, cities, municipalities and the many many contractors large and small. They are the "stabilizer" in the recovery fuel of our region.  Need evidence? View Maryland Traffic Cameras here
FROM ALABAMA TO ALLENTOWN, thousands of snow removal workers and managers have been up 36-48 hours straight or more, with just an hour or two of sleep in between. The proof is in the powder, or lack of it, on major roadways. This storm dumped snow from Alabama to Maine! Take a look at the latest NOAA Storm Summary Report with snowfall totals. The scope, intensity and duration of this event is why it's east to call this a Historic Event. 
WHAT ABOUT MY STREET?!? Agreed. No doubt that many secondaries and many side streets still have a lot more to be cleared. But when you have 30" of snow in 24 hours, that's not a surprise. We all are human, and unless Optimus Prime and his crew are available, equipment does break occasionally. If you have the chance to safely bring a snack or drink to a road crew worker, they sure would appreciate it.
OFFICIAL NEWS: It was the snow of this life for BWI Airport, officially 29.2" as presented in this article by Baltimore Sun Reporter Scott Dance, to whom we send our thanks for including FF in the interviews. How much fell elsehwhere? Below is a preliminary estimate from NOAA:


For Maryland & Mid-Atlantic Readers
TODAY: Temps in most areas with snowcover not rising above 30 F until around 1 PM, but dropping after 5 PM. Your last good chance to get the kiddos out for sledding if you have the good fortune to be home with them. 
TONIGHT Temps hold in mid to upper 20s on south winds.
TUE 1/26 AM temps near 30 F will rise to 40 F by early afternoon. Light rain is expected from mid AM onward. We can't rule out rain arriving earlier and if so, it could easily become light freezing rain due to snowpack. We'll keep watch on it for you.
WED & BEYOND Rain from Tue is likely to refreeze in colder areas, making the AM commute still icy at times. Wednesday looks to be the most "normal" day of the week temp wise, highs in the mid to upper 30s, light NW winds and no daytime precip.
NEXT STORM? There remains some concern for a coastal system on Thursday, but updated indications as of 2 PM today show a more offshore solution. In our previous report from earlier today, we noted these points:
  • The trend with many East coast systems this winter has been for some computer models to show the storms "just offshore" a few days out. The result was a tad more onshore than originally thought. 
  • That is atmospheric variability for you, it is inexact and Earth has yet to produce a human being who can nail down exactly where a storm will be down to the mile even at 1 day out, let alone 4.
  • Snow on Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic is not a lock by far, but it is not ruled out either. The most probable call we can make at this stage is a 20-40% chance of some light snow in the eastern Mid-Atlantic to southern New England. Need some indication from others? Here is the NOAA Day 4-7 Experimental Winter Weather Outlook.
RESOURCES: You can explore this insightful suite of winter weather resources at the NOAA Weather Prediction Center in College Park, MD.
Finally, here's a sight mostly seen by those with snow.
From Maryland reader Ms Liz. A in Brunswick, MD: 32"

29 comments:

BioPat said...

Thanks for the update Foot's team. Also many, many thanks to the crews out there working around the clock to cleanup the 30" of snow on our roads.

I am anticipating being home again tomorrow and maybe even Wednesday when the rain freezes on the already frozen tundra. Still plenty of cleanup to do around the house shoveling the mounds of snow off the back and side porches. I remain hopeful my snow blower mechanic can get out before Friday and repair the broken belt on the blower.

dukeofpups said...

Thanks, Foots team, for all of the great info throughout the storm. The roads look good in the pictures (and they are pretty good considering), but there are NO merge lanes after entrance ramps. Keep that in mind as you come around the ramp and want to accelerate onto the highway... you're merging directly into the right lane.

BioPat said...

A small truck with a plow attached has been trying for 3 hours to get up our hill; and he is at the flat part. I understand we cannot be picky but they really should send him somewhere else and send a bigger truck for the hill on Plymouth Road. Certainly all efforts are appreciated but the private contractors need to be a bit more coordinated in their efforts.

I am waiting for the call for tomorrow, there is no way we will be back in school until Wednesday or Thursday.

NeedaSnowday said...

Totally agree with you BP! We had a plow come down our street twice! But our cars get re-buried (is that a word? Hah!)... I'm not going to complain because at least my road is getting plowed! All my Howard County friends are not even expected to get their street plowed until Wednesday. Truth be told they are not happy about it! I don't see how the school system can even open until Thursday or Friday. I wish they'd just make the call!

DMoney said...

Hi Pat, I agree. There are so many factors: schools cleared (they sent out custodians home because our school walled off), buses cleared, sidewalks, Bus stops, refreeze, THE ROADS, still many developments not plowed). The question is...can they get all that done in 2 days? As great as our workers are...that's a difficult task

Amy said...

Bet HoCo residents are starting to wonder where their high taxes go...

Rufus said...

WBAL ALERT on my phone Harford Co Schools closed tomorrow

DMoney said...

Agreed needasnowday...they have to have a good idea of what the plan is based on the info they receive.

BioPat said...

I agree with you all regarding reopening the schools; I have to agree with a Thursday return to school. I'm glad I planned to stall presenting new material to students. We will see a nice warm-up next week which will give us the time to restock and prepare for the next series of storms.

That truck is still stuck at the bottom of the hill, I guess he's getting paid by the hour. My husband heard from a colleague who was able to get out that the roads are barely passable. Rt 40 is one lane but at least open. Tim Tooten stated this morning that walks are being cleared at schools by custodial staff that can get there but the big equipment is being used to get the roads open. So, give them Wednesday to get the school lots ready and Thursday we go back to school.

DMoney said...

Getting ready to go out and start on car #2. I'm going to give myself 3 hours (yes that bad) and call it a day. Frederick County just called it for tomorrow so that will give me tomorrow to get car #3 done. Wish me luck! Take care and be safe friends

NeedaSnowday said...

Good luck DMoney.... stay safe! I'm glad your system informed you, hoping HCPSS follows suit! Common sense says they will close just cant figure out the rationale for waiting?

Rufus said...

Hearing from friends that Baltimore County is closed tomorrow

Amy said...

A little birdie told me that HCPSS building services refused to come in as doing so is a violation of their contract when a state of emergency is declared.

NeedaSnowday said...

HoCo officially closed Tuesday.....

BioPat said...

HoCo and Baltimore County Schools closed tomorrow. I'm betting we'll see a repeat on Wednesday as well. We will have to wait and see how tomorrow's rain/ice treat us..

DMoney said...

Got car #1 out thanks in part to my neighbors bailing me out with snow blowers. What a lift that was. Drove around parts of Frederick county and most of the schools, developments, sidewalks, etc were in rough shape...thinking Thursday return at best

BioPat said...

Last night plows finally came to our street and made a huge mess. The plows were followed by 2 bobcats and a Caterpillar that proceeded to take a 10 feet mountain of icy snow and plant it partially in the road but mostly burying our cars and driveway.

I have placed an email to the County for help. We have shoveled for 2 days and I'm not sure how to begin to attack the mess that has been left unless we have another bobcat here to move the snow piles they created. Thirty inches is one thing, these mountains of snow just are impossible.

DMoney said...

Wow Pat!!! Feel for you guys. I think it's pretty safe to assume that we will not be teaching tomorrow! From what I saw last night I don't think it is physically possible to get everything safe. Hang in there.

NeedaSnowday said...

Yikes, mountains of snow, impassable side roads, sidewalks that are still a mess, and now freezing rain!

News is showing a roof collapse at Parkville MS..... HoCo posted pictures of contractors removing snow from school roofs... iy yi yi!!!

Yeah, DM, I cant fathom how schools can safely open before Thursday! I dont see how a school bus will navigate some of the roads to even get kids from a bus stop, which may or may not be cleared...Forget walking to school!? And, no way will schools open on time with the re-freezing each morning!

In the time that I have typed up this post, there have been two overturned the cars reported - one on 83 and one on 795!

DMoney said...

Yikes....you're spot on about going back on time...the low Wednesday night °13....You are also right about the buses, their stops, and walking safely to school. I'm NOT lifting a shovel today...lol

Pat Abrahms said...

Well, I have not been able to convince my husband we will not be back in school until Thursday. He is out attempting to uncase his car from its snow tomb. I'm with you D'Money, I don't want to lift a snow shovel today but maybe I'll feel more like it after getting showered and dressed. My muscles ache from all the shoveling thus far, and our spirits of getting out were essentially broken after last night's fiasco.

Well, I've got plenty to grade today and I will focus on preparing for the third quarter activities. I see we're in for about a 10 day warm-up which will be welcomed by all. Hoe ever after that 10 days brace yourself for the return of winter. Of course, that would keep our timing right about right with President's weekend.

DMoney said...

Hi Pat! I am always the skeptic too in these cases. I too was so stressed about the car situation and was so relieved to get thru a major shoveling hurdle yesterday. Remind your husband that there are so many factors we forget about...Especially the walks, Bus stops, all the roads...and of course to be safe out there shoveling. I highly doubt we see any schools in the storm zone area go back tomorrow.

Mrs. A said...

Well we have finally finished digging out. My daughter ended up hiring two delightful young men who helped her finish. Our neighbor hired them as well and I hope these two young guys make a ton of money for their efforts. Love to see young people who really want to work!

I have to agree the schools will be closed tomorrow. I just do not see this clean up getting the schools open until Thursday

Cathy in BelAir said...

Harford County Schools are CLOSED tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27.

NeedaSnowday said...

I dont watch TWC, but just saw this very sad and tragic article..

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/26/weather-channel-meteorologist-dies-in-parking-garage-crash/21302923/

Prayers going up!

Butch Dynomite said...

It's not just roads of course but loading docks acces ramps etc....and I really feel for the crews. I shoveled for about six hours Sunday, I excercise a lot. But I'm wiped absolutely spent. think of all the people who's job it is to maintain these larger facilities. They've been at it for days!!!

Mrs. A said...

I hear AA County is out also

DMoney said...

Just heard Jefferson County WV closed thru monday. In Frederick County, Jan Gardner just had a press conference and said,

"it's going to still take several days to get the roads widened and we anticipate we will see closures and cancellations throughout the week"

Mrs. A said...

Howard County closed Wednesday, not just waiting on Baltimore County