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  1. FWIW, 6z ICON is a bump north from 0z with snow into the MA.
  2. Forecast high for western Fairfax County today = 30. Actual high temperature = 26. A great battle between the surface and atmosphere is about to ensue.
  3. Though not the big snowstorm we all wanted, it’s still possibly a HIGH impact event. It looks like we are in for the snow to ice solution noted yesterday for those of us west of I-95. Though there is raging warm air aloft, the CAD signal is very strong. So not the wash out many have feared. Not surprisingly, the NWS has updated the forecast this morning (I’m western Fairfax County) calling for up to .30 of ice on top of several inches of snow. It’s gonna be a great battle between the surface and upper levels!
  4. The globals have locked into the evolution and path of the storm, now it’s time for the meso’s and the finer details. The 6z NAM in particular, but also the ICON and GFS, are recognizing that the cold air isn’t going to be scoured out very fast particularly in the western burbs, so it looks like we may be dealing with more of a snow to ice regime than snow to rain. Could make this storm impact worse than last Mon.
  5. Coastal hugger. Much better than 12z!
  6. The 6z GFS is interesting, there is more dig to the trough which creates more spacing between the Sun and Mon waves and allows the Mon wave to hug the coast a little more as it heads our way. Is this the start of something. EDIT: meant 18z. Port causing slurring of my fingers.
  7. 6z GFS is getting a little closer for Sunday, it just doesn’t phase in time (Maine). As depicted, it’s a little hard to believe, two pieces of energy running in parallel for hundreds of miles without phasing.
  8. 29 and just over an inch in Centreville. Western edge of radar past I-81 looks to be filling in. GFS won the battle of the models from earlier in the week. A EURO suppressed scenario was just plain wrong. That said, 6z GFS has actually brought some of the CCB back towards the DC area.
  9. I’m with you on that one. A fun story ...it was my 2nd year living in the DC area, and my sister and her friend drove down from CT the day before, as we all planned to drive to Daytona Beach for Spring Break. As the storm approached, we debated on waiting a few days until it passed. But we would have missed part of Spring Break, so late that night we decided to roll. The four of us (my roommate included) piled in my tiny 1985 Nissan Sentra and drove straight through the Superstorm to Daytona Beach. Absolutely crazy. Driving through snow to rain and wind, and arriving to a ruined Spring Break with temps in the 40’s and 50’s most of the week in Daytona Beach. The craziest part was in Georgia where highways were stopped because it was raining so hard, like driving under a continuous waterfall! Never seen anything like it before or since.
  10. Regarding the two camps (NAM/EURO and GFS/ICON, I'm still paying attention to the globals and how they are handling the SE ridge. The NAM has the moisture feed from the gulf going around a strong SE ridge into TX and OK and then heading towards our area (why it's projecting in MD/PA). The GFS on the other hand has a much quicker turn towards our area (thus a direct DC hit), mainly because it sees the SE ridge relaxing somewhat. I'm leaning more towards the GFS right now in terms of placement of heaviest precipitation (PA versus DC).
  11. It’s interesting to see how things have evolved over last few days. We’ve been worried about the SE ridge versus the strong cold HP, and right now we can say both are winning! The latest NAM has the low forming and running through LA and OK rather than east/west Tennessee thanks to that strong SE ridge. But, the HP from the north has become much stronger too. So we are nicely sandwiched in between. As a side note, these kind of setups may become more likely over time given global warming and likely impact in our area. Back to this storm, a few days ago PSU mentioned the placement of moisture feed being narrow and we needed to wait a few days to see where it lands. I agreed noting we needed last nights storm to pull out for the models to get a better handle. Now, it looks like the moisture pull from the gulf will be plentiful so I think we worry less about where the heaviest precipitation lands, it should be region wide. Hence, why the WSW’s are now in effect.
  12. More on that. It’s often a High centered over Bermuda (Bermuda High) that can both help and hurt with winter patterns. Too strong and it forces storms to our west, often causing it to rain. Except in this case the strong cold HP is suppressing it over our area (exactly where remains to be seen). Alternatively if the High is not too strong it can help force storms up the coast instead of out to sea.
  13. One thing to keep in mind, the models aren’t going to have a good handle on where the moisture feed is going to land for at least another 18-24 hours until this Sunday night storm pulls out. In the the interim, we can just sit back and enjoy the battle between the strong HP and SE ridge.
  14. The GFS was starting to show some transfer to the coast, thus holding things back and slowing it down. I haven’t looked at the EURO maps, are we seeing the same thing? Overall this could be a good thing. I’m more worried about temps right now, so if we get the coastal going qpf will be no problem.
  15. Yeah, this confluence and further suppression is what I’ve been wanting since this morning, it actually helps Sun night and Tuesday night storms.
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