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3/12 Event: Winters Last Hurrah at Least East of Mountains


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10 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

I hear ya but I also think there’s something going on with the column for some of us too…radar says it should be snowing halfway decent at my house but it’s literally just a few flurries. I think I’ve had trouble with the snow growth zone and maybe a pesky warm layer or two. Even the decent snow a half hour ago seemed to be rimmed pretty good 

That has happened with a bunch of the March events since 2016 that others have cashed in on and around Baltimore city area not so much. No idea why. Probably a peculiarity for these kind of March systems. 

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3 minutes ago, North Balti Zen said:

That has happened with a bunch of the March events since 2016 that others have cashed in on and around Baltimore city area not so much. No idea why. Probably a peculiarity for these kind of March systems. 

Yeah it’s just a pit lol. Seems like everyone around does well at some point but not here. I just saw a pic on 95 in Elkton and it looks like blizzard conditions. Don’t quite get why I never got it here

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23 minutes ago, Baltimorewx said:

Yeah it’s just a pit lol. Seems like everyone around does well at some point but not here. I just saw a pic on 95 in Elkton and it looks like blizzard conditions. Don’t quite get why I never got it here

Locations like yours are just subject to a multitude of issues with any given event, but it's not always the same issue. Two that are always present are UHI and proximity to the bay, and then lack of elevation, which is the primary issue here. I have zero UHI to contend with, and I am on the interior upper part of the eastern shore, so not close to the moderating influences of either bay. The ocean effs us both over when we get a wrapped up coastal or one that tracks just inland. You can miss out on marginal events(me too) where places just to your NW do well, but then I can cash in on offshore tracking lows like this past January, and you mostly miss those too lol. So all that, plus bad snow climo for the region in general, and it can suck pretty bad.

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The effects of the solar radiation with the increased sun angle are in full force on the 50x70 asphalt parking pad next to our house near Vienna.  Plowed the 2" of snow and slush off this morning so it wouldn't free up tonight.  The entire area has stayed wet ever since even with temps hovering around 24/25.  No stickage at all with the latest band that went through.  

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Sun now out in  Gainesville - Guessing around 2.5-3 inches on the grass. Roads kept getting dusted and then melting and repeating. The last band that came through was the highlight of the event. Overall really fun to watch on the weekend and got out with my son during the heaviest snows. 

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1 minute ago, nj2va said:

Sun had come out here earlier this afternoon but upslope has started again.  10 degrees, SN, and winds gusting into the 40s pretty consistently.  Had a 50 mph gust a bit ago.

WSW calling for 2 additional inches of snow through tonight.

Sounds like good skiing. :lol:

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3 minutes ago, nj2va said:

Sun had come out here earlier this afternoon but upslope has started again.  10 degrees, SN, and winds gusting into the 40s pretty consistently.  Had a 50 mph gust a bit ago.

WSW calling for 2 additional inches of snow through tonight.

Exactly right!  Down to 7° in Snowshoe and in between squalls is sun.  I'm thinking ratios are 16-18 to 1.  Seems like a mod squall is leaving an additional inch.  No way of telling exact accumulation but definitely verifying 8 or more.

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3 hours ago, WxMan1 said:

Snowing decently here in Crofton with the backside deformation banding setting up. Before the lull, we may have gotten a quarter inch or so. Happy to hear the NW-W areas doing well. 

For me, this winter was more than okay, especially after a disastrous December. 10.25" on January 3rd was really all I needed. That was a great storm at a great time of the season. 

Yeah even though Dec sucked, and Feb and March(so far) produced next to nothing, I can't hate this winter because January was nearly perfect.

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4 minutes ago, Maestrobjwa said:

This winter was very much a forum divided winter. Further south/southeast you were the better!

La Nina winters really bring out the nuances of forecasting snowfall in this area. When you have blockbuster years like 2009-2010 it's tougher to distinguish the importance of what 100" in elevation or being one county too far west/east can have on a forecast event 12 hours out. 

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