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By: cws6196 , 4:51 PM GMT on January 20, 2014
In my last post I mentioned that the details needed to be worked out and that the potential existed for this to be a stronger storm than I first thought. The last couple days I have tweeted that I thought the models were missing something; well, now we have it! Our first major snow storm for the entire state! It appears the Low and the trough are strengthening and deepening, according to the models. As long as that trend continues we will see a hefty amount of snow. I do want to emphasize though that we are not expecting a blizzard. Many people (media outlets too) like to throw around that term, but for it to officially be a blizzard various criteria need to met, none of which we should meet tomorrow.
TIMING: Snow will begin later morning Tuesday lasting into the evening hours.
PRECIP: All snow. Temps will be below freezing all day with wind chills later in the day below zero. Snow will not melt by Wednesday.
ACCUMULATION: I am seeing easily 5 inches in most areas with the potential for much more if the the system continues to strengthen. The high end could be a foot. This is true for southern, central and northern MD.
THREATS: Strong gusting winds will begin in the afternoon, reducing visibility and causing drifting of snow. The wind chill temps will be below zero.
I expect the NWS to issue winter Warnings later this afternoon. I will have another update later tonight. Follow me on Twitter (@wxmanmd) for storm updates.
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