January 21- It is not often that NOAA will post a map like this showing an 80% chance of Baltimore and Washington to get over 12 inch of snow. But it looks like the bullseye will be right in the heart of our region. The worst will be Saturday, as the wind maps are crazy! See them below. Also, I have been watching the first of the high resolutions models now catching on to the arrival of the snow, and it appears it is back on to the first call. I want to add the caveat that there could be virga on the leading edge, but I would still plan for late afternoon and evening. Once it gets going, it will increase in a hurry. Faith in the Flakes
Quick bullet points:
- Saturday Morning will be the worst!
- Most will wake up Saturday to over 10 inches of snow on the ground. Then snow mixes with sleet/rain near or east of the bay. Then back to snow into early Sunday. West of I-95 should stay all snow.
- Winds will be at blizzard force. See the maps below.
- Snow Type: Heavy and wet with temps close to freezing. It will clump, stick, and weigh down trees/power lines.
- Power Outages: Combine the type of snow with high winds, and lights out! Literally for many.
- Snow starting sooner…. Please plan accordingly
Arrival Timeline: Radar Simulation
I need to update my first flakes timeline. I will have that in my morning report.