Saturday, February 2, 2013


Snow For The Groundhogs? 

8:00 AM EST 2/2/2013 (
Winter Stormcast Director Zachary Fasnacht) February was welcomed in classic snowy fashion across much of the Eastern U.S., as Lake Effect snows fell across the Midwest and moved into the Ohio Valley and northwestern Pennsylvania. A weak system moving toward the Mid-Atlantic has already produced 4-6" in some locations, with a coating to two inches haven fallen across central Pennsylvania. 

For this reason, Punxsutawney Phil and his buddies in Pennsylvania saw patches of snow Saturday morning, while his cousins in many other states under the "Big Chill" are seeing frozen green grass. Despite the bright sunshine which may have scared Phil off this morning, we are predicting another 6 weeks of Winter, and the next round for some arrives today.

A series of clipper systems will slide through the mid-Atlantic over the next few days. The current Eastern US advisories from the NWS are shown below:

  • CLIPPER # 1. The first will arrive during the evening hours Saturday. It will bring periods of light snow to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland Saturday night into Sunday. Accumulations will be light with a general 1-3" expected. The highest accumulations will occur in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The lower accumulations will occur across eastern Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland. 
  • CLIPPER # 2. A second clipper should arrive during the day Sunday, but it will be much weaker bringing snow showers to Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Most areas will only see an inch or two from this system as it will be weak and move quick. So some snow showers are possible as Baltimore Fans sit in their homes watching the big game Sunday evening. 
A few more minor systems will come through the mid-Atlantic next week, bringing some more light snow to the region. We'll be sure to keep all our readers up to date on this next round of systems.. but until then, ENJOY THE BIG GAME!