Wednesday, February 20, 2019

IS IT BECOMING A BIG KAHUNA?

IS IT BECOMING A BIG KAHUNA?

UPDATED AS OF 6:30 AM WED 2/20



  • CURRENTLY - Current radar view at this hour shows moderate to heavy snow falling down towards Charlottesville VA and just north of Richmond. Snow will continue to move north over the next several hours, reaching the DC metro now through 7 AM and the Baltimore metro 8-9 AM.
  • THROUGH THE MORNING - We expect snow rates to pick up quickly in all areas no later than 9 AM, and begin falling at a 1 inch per hour or more at times through 12 PM. If you have somewhere to be, we recommend getting there early to avoid what will look like a "wall of snow" moving over the area after 9 AM.
  • SLEET & SNOW RATES - After 12 PM today, sleet should mix in with the snow, but just before that there may be an hour or more of high snowfall rates where heavy "banding" sets up on radar. Under these locations, you may see another 1-2" additional to what you received before Noon.
  • BIG KAHUNA OR NOT? - To qualify for this unofficial label we assign to potentially big storms, it would have to produce 6 inches or more in a majority of locations where the snow is occurring. If the heavy banding depicted on short range models does develop, areas expecting 4" could easily end up with 6" or more. We think that remains a strong possibility between 10 AM and 2 PM. Bottom line: This has a good chance of going full Kahuna in some of our backyards, but not in all of them -- so when it does we want to celebrate! Let us know the moment you cross 6".


PREVIOUS UPDATE 4:30 PM TUE 2/19


FF Winter Stormcast Team Public Messages
  • STORM MODE: For access to the latest official details on your local forecast for storm timing and precise accumulations, visit the links highlighted above specific to your region.
  • TEAM SNOW MAP: Our regional snow & ice map is posted below with revisions if needed around 11 AM and 6 PM.
  • SCENARIO SUMMARY: Our overview of the A,B,C scenarios from earlier posts will be consolidated into a summary statement with the snow map. The synopsis is we believe this event will encompass features of all three scenarios: Starting as a "Big Kahuna" with heavy snow the first 8-10 hours, then turning to an "Icecapade" for another 6-8 hours, and ending as a Cold, Curmudgeony Rain" into Thursday morning.


Latest Snow & Ice Maps from the Sterling VA NWS 



18 comments:

Westsidehideaway said...

Like Fred Sanford said.... It’s The Big One!!!

Misty said...

Hello!

Unknown said...

Hope it's not another dud. Can you imagine the kahuna-ness if it were staying below freezing throughout thursday?

Craig said...

Update?

Westsidehideaway said...

Waiting for the update with much interest!!

Johnny Thrift said...

Come on big kahuna stay snow and ice

Beth said...

Did I miss the update?

Westsidehideaway said...

Hmmmn. It’s three hours past 6:30pm. I’m starting to worry!

JanieB said...

Did I miss the update?

Unknown said...

I think this meand limited snowfall and rain.

Mama Drama said...

Look on their Facebook page

Rob Wesvet said...

Hope they are ok

Westsidehideaway said...

I guess I gotta go to bed and look in the morning to see the latest. I hope you are all okay.

Emdizzily Whee said...

Already at work, so it seems like a bust to me. Bad timing!

Westsidehideaway said...

7:20 am and no snow in West Baltimore. I guess I gotta head to the office after all.

the married guy said...

is it really a forecast if you wait til it's here to update? lol

Westsidehideaway said...

Definitely Not the big Kahuna!

Unknown said...

Big Ka-lame-na.