March 1 6:15 AM – Today will bring Baltimore the first sunset in the 6 PM hour of the year. It is also the first day of Meteorological Spring. Entire months are grouped together for seasons, but it will likely be written on your calendar as March 20th, starting at 12:30 AM EDT. But weather rarely cooperates with the calendar, or the groundhog for that matter. It also appears to no cooperate with Super Tuesday as this storm will impact many states voting in their primaries today.
This is the first of two systems this week will bring us progressively colder temperatures. The timing has also sped up, so I must point out the adjustment I’ve made tracking the main event this week. At first glance, we were expecting ‘something’ during the day on Friday. It now looks like snow will arrive by midnight. In March, that maximizes the impact since it does not have to compete with the higher sun angle. So Friday morning should have some road stickage and accumulation to impact travel, especially west of the Chesapeake Bay.
Quick Forecast Highlights:
- Sunny: Today will start off chilly and dry. The wind and clouds will increase later this afternoon.
- Rain: Tonight, ending Wednesday morning. Might have snow mixed in at the end west and north of the ‘Bay.
- Windy: Wednesday will have gusts to 40 mph.
- Snow: Thursday night. Begins by midnight and lasts through Friday morning.
- Colder: Weekend will be chilly with flurries.
This system will be a quick hit for our region. Rain should not arrive until after midnight, and only last for a few hours. Here the NAM/WRF Model shows it departing by rush hour Wednesday. But strong winds will follow.