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It's the ninth anniversary for the Jan 26, 2011 event.  Completely caught off guard with that one.  And like the Jan 25, 1985 whiteout, it seemingly came out of nowhere...

 

STORY TIME!

This was a two part event and generally forecast to come  in with an advisory event and end as one.
In the morning there was enough snow to plow the lane clear.  It ended as drizzle and clearing out the 3" or so of snow was typical slop that was expected.

After lunch, the radar showed some showers inbound and colder air was wrapping around with some sleet embedded.  This was forecast change over to snow before ending with 2-4" forecast so the WWA was extended to midnight.  No big deal and did not really watch things closely. 

Then something different happened.  Sleet was definitely pinging the skylights hard and to my surprise I got lightning alerts for strikes near Owings Mills, about 19 miles to my southwest.  Radar echoes definitely showed sleet probability and maybe something else.

Sleet continues up to dinnertime (around 1730) but seems to stop suddenly.  Knowing what this usually means, I confirmed it changed over to snow.  BIG flakes and really coming down.  Great, going to have to plow after dinner.

After dinner I get caught up in something downstairs and about 50 min later a colleague of mine texts me asking if my power was out.  I thought it was strange and replied no and checked the BGE map and over 50k customers were showing out!  I ran upstairs to see about 3" of fresh snow and it was really coming down.  I also heard the UPS' beeping and our lights were dimming.  The peak number of BGE customers that lost power was over 230k, more than Sandy!

Went outside to start plowing and the sky was lighting up green to the south and east and seemingly everywhere.  You know those eerie blue-green flashes of wires humming where downed limbs are causing million watt Jacob's ladders everywhere?

I heard cracking and crashes, branches everywhere were succumbing to the weight of this snow that was sticking to everything.  Too dangerous to be near the Balsams and Spruces so I decided to wait it out.

Our gutters and fences looked like classic Jack Frost moments you see in Hallmark movies!  Thousands of icicles six inches and longer everywhere.  Running water from the rain and initially melting snow froze up nice.

We wound up picking up 16" total from that storm.  Spent the next day digging out and using a track drive snow thrower as it was too much for my trip springs on my ATV plow.  My back hurt from it but it was fun and memorable!

And (of course) the lights stayed on because we have backup power.  Power line flashes are always fun to watch during ice and snow storms.  That one was particularly memorable with the 60Hz humming.  Almost War of The Worlds like!

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25 minutes ago, Bob Chill said:

Ggem is more accurate than the gfs. I know it's hard to accept after YEARS of ggem bashing.

Their advancement is outpacing ours. Wish that only applied to NWP. 

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1 minute ago, GATECH said:

Nice and snowy up here in Canaan Valley, yeah snow.  About an inch, 26 degrees.  Whole different and wonderful world up here! 

 

Nice!  Glad you are getting some snow there.  We just got back from Wisp...about 0.6” of fresh snow overnight with snow showers today.  

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2 hours ago, Zanclidae said:

It's the ninth anniversary for the Jan 26, 2011 event.  Completely caught off guard with that one.  And like the Jan 25, 1985 whiteout, it seemingly came out of nowhere...

 

STORY TIME!

This was a two part event and generally forecast to come  in with an advisory event and end as one.
In the morning there was enough snow to plow the lane clear.  It ended as drizzle and clearing out the 3" or so of snow was typical slop that was expected.

After lunch, the radar showed some showers inbound and colder air was wrapping around with some sleet embedded.  This was forecast change over to snow before ending with 2-4" forecast so the WWA was extended to midnight.  No big deal and did not really watch things closely. 

Then something different happened.  Sleet was definitely pinging the skylights hard and to my surprise I got lightning alerts for strikes near Owings Mills, about 19 miles to my southwest.  Radar echoes definitely showed sleet probability and maybe something else.

Sleet continues up to dinnertime (around 1730) but seems to stop suddenly.  Knowing what this usually means, I confirmed it changed over to snow.  BIG flakes and really coming down.  Great, going to have to plow after dinner.

After dinner I get caught up in something downstairs and about 50 min later a colleague of mine texts me asking if my power was out.  I thought it was strange and replied no and checked the BGE map and over 50k customers were showing out!  I ran upstairs to see about 3" of fresh snow and it was really coming down.  I also heard the UPS' beeping and our lights were dimming.  The peak number of BGE customers that lost power was over 230k, more than Sandy!

Went outside to start plowing and the sky was lighting up green to the south and east and seemingly everywhere.  You know those eerie blue-green flashes of wires humming where downed limbs are causing million watt Jacob's ladders everywhere?

I heard cracking and crashes, branches everywhere were succumbing to the weight of this snow that was sticking to everything.  Too dangerous to be near the Balsams and Spruces so I decided to wait it out.

Our gutters and fences looked like classic Jack Frost moments you see in Hallmark movies!  Thousands of icicles six inches and longer everywhere.  Running water from the rain and initially melting snow froze up nice.

We wound up picking up 16" total from that storm.  Spent the next day digging out and using a track drive snow thrower as it was too much for my trip springs on my ATV plow.  My back hurt from it but it was fun and memorable!

And (of course) the lights stayed on because we have backup power.  Power line flashes are always fun to watch during ice and snow storms.  That one was particularly memorable with the 60Hz humming.  Almost War of The Worlds like!

A very cool story. Thank you for sharing.

How was the Jan 25, 1985 whiteout at your location?... How much lightning and wind was there with that event?

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Kobe Bryant dead

Not even an NBA fan but a death like that is so shocking... I hate to think about it at all.

Helicopters = death traps. Not blaming him at all, but this affirms my fear of small planes and helicopters. Not even once.

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Just now, NorthArlington101 said:


Not even an NBA fan but a death like that is so shocking... I hate to think about it at all.

Helicopters = death traps. Not blaming him at all, but this affirms my fear of small planes and helicopters. Not even once.

Same.

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Just now, Prestige Worldwide said:

Wow- just wow. It’ puts our no snow in perspective. May he RIP. 

This. Leaves behind a wife and 4 daughters. Very very sad 

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10 minutes ago, stormtracker said:

Same.

Me too and I've done some crazy S in my life like skydiving, launching cliffs into water or snow, tearing it up on dirtbikes, etc but some some reason I'm terrified of flying in a helicopter. At least in a plane you have a chance. Even with the Capt Sully miracle. They all lived. Helicopters are scary AF

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5 minutes ago, Round Hill WX said:

Pictures of the scene show wicked thick fog. Gotta wonder if it was a factor. 

I’m sure it was. Probably was flying low and didn’t realize the elevation change with the fog 

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Youngest child is not pictured is only 7 months old. So tragic. I can’t imagine this poor family’s grief right now. 

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3 hours ago, Zanclidae said:

It's the ninth anniversary for the Jan 26, 2011 event.  Completely caught off guard with that one.  And like the Jan 25, 1985 whiteout, it seemingly came out of nowhere...

 

STORY TIME!

This was a two part event and generally forecast to come  in with an advisory event and end as one.
In the morning there was enough snow to plow the lane clear.  It ended as drizzle and clearing out the 3" or so of snow was typical slop that was expected.

After lunch, the radar showed some showers inbound and colder air was wrapping around with some sleet embedded.  This was forecast change over to snow before ending with 2-4" forecast so the WWA was extended to midnight.  No big deal and did not really watch things closely. 

Then something different happened.  Sleet was definitely pinging the skylights hard and to my surprise I got lightning alerts for strikes near Owings Mills, about 19 miles to my southwest.  Radar echoes definitely showed sleet probability and maybe something else.

Sleet continues up to dinnertime (around 1730) but seems to stop suddenly.  Knowing what this usually means, I confirmed it changed over to snow.  BIG flakes and really coming down.  Great, going to have to plow after dinner.

After dinner I get caught up in something downstairs and about 50 min later a colleague of mine texts me asking if my power was out.  I thought it was strange and replied no and checked the BGE map and over 50k customers were showing out!  I ran upstairs to see about 3" of fresh snow and it was really coming down.  I also heard the UPS' beeping and our lights were dimming.  The peak number of BGE customers that lost power was over 230k, more than Sandy!

Went outside to start plowing and the sky was lighting up green to the south and east and seemingly everywhere.  You know those eerie blue-green flashes of wires humming where downed limbs are causing million watt Jacob's ladders everywhere?

I heard cracking and crashes, branches everywhere were succumbing to the weight of this snow that was sticking to everything.  Too dangerous to be near the Balsams and Spruces so I decided to wait it out.

Our gutters and fences looked like classic Jack Frost moments you see in Hallmark movies!  Thousands of icicles six inches and longer everywhere.  Running water from the rain and initially melting snow froze up nice.

We wound up picking up 16" total from that storm.  Spent the next day digging out and using a track drive snow thrower as it was too much for my trip springs on my ATV plow.  My back hurt from it but it was fun and memorable!

And (of course) the lights stayed on because we have backup power.  Power line flashes are always fun to watch during ice and snow storms.  That one was particularly memorable with the 60Hz humming.  Almost War of The Worlds like!

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15 minutes ago, Mersky said:

Youngest child is not pictured is only 7 months old. So tragic. I can’t imagine this poor family’s grief right now. 

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Some reports say his Daughters were with him 

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3 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

Some reports say his Daughters were with him 

I pray that isn’t true. 

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TMZ just reporting oldest daughter was on the helicopter with him. 13 years old 

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Just now, Mersky said:

TMZ just reporting oldest daughter was on the helicopter with him. 13 years old 

I just saw that. Apparently heading to a basketball practice. Very sad.

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Kobe news is really digging into me. I loved him as a player. Not even a lakers fan and I'd watch any televised game just to see him play. 13 year old daughter was the second oldest. The other 3 are 17, 3, and 7 months. Just devastating news...

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