Our first snowstorm for our area of the winter season is over, and it behaved as expected on all but one front. The snow was more dense than expected. I thought it would be lighter, making for more depth. The amount of precip was spot on, but the depth a little lower than thought. But now on to the next snowfall.
Tuesday (see map below): This will be a ‘surprise’ snowfall. Not much is being said about it, because it looked really like nothing as a couple days ago. But Alberta Clipper-like systems are small, move quickly, and don’t always have a lot of moisture. So they get overlooked. But they can dump some decent snow in a short amount of time. The snow is always fluffy and light. That is what we should see tomorrow morning as a weak area of low pressure passes right over us. Although only about .15” - .20” of precip is expected, with the fluffy nature of the snow, we should get at last 2” and maybe as high as 4” (esp. ridges).
Expect another storm to pass overhead or to our west on Sun/Mon (see map below) bringing quite a bit of rain with it. Snow will fall to our west (Ohio), but what snow we have will likely be disappearing. At this time, I do not expect to see snow on the ground for Christmas, but time will tell.
I mentioned late last week about ugly cold weather invading the west/central US, well it looks like that cold will hold off somewhat, and dominate Canada for now. Don’t be fooled though, Christmas week will not be “warm” just typically chilly over all.
Today: Mostly sunny, some clouds here and there. Cold. High near 25. Increasing clouds tonight (saving us from near zero temps) with some light snow developing very late toward morning. Low near 15.
Tuesday: Snow in the morning giving us 2-3” with locally higher amounts. Flurries in the afternoon. High: 31. Low: 18
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, chilly. High: 30, low: 18
Thursday: Sun and clouds, milder. High: 39. Clouds increasing in the afternoon. Low: 33
Friday: Cloudy, with some showers in the afternoon, evening. Raw and chilly. High: 43 Low: 40
Saturday: Decreasing clouds. Breezy and milder. High: 48 Clouds increasing again at night Low: 38
Sunday: Cloudy with rain, especially in the afternoon and into the night. (Some very mild air will be just to our south with highs in the 60s for Baltimore and Washington D.C. I do not expect us to be that warm at this time). High: 50 Low: 43
Hint for Christmas Week: A chilly week for Christmas, but not really that cold. I do not foresee any big storms until the weekend of the 27-28. A front should pass through on Christmas Day/Night bringing a few rain/snow showers. This front should stall to our south and a storm may try to move up along it to our south providing wintry weather the weekend after Christmas. But this is about 2 weeks out. It something to watch. See map below.