A rare Oc­to­ber snow for Md.

BGE mon­i­tor­ing for out­ages caused by wet snow and high winds through­out state

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - By Joe Bur­ris

Ethan Yankel­low pon­dered the last time he saw snow in the Bal­ti­more area at this time of year — and drew a blank.

“I don’t re­mem­ber any time I saw snow in Oc­to­ber, and I’ve lived here all my life,” Yankel­low, 42, said Satur­day.

The Reis­ter­stown man was among many area res­i­dents who mar­veled at Satur­day’s win­try mix in au­tumn, as snow, sleet and rain com­bined to coat many sec­ondary roads in the Bal­ti­more area while leav­ing more than half a foot of snow in points west.

Wet snow fell through­out Mary­land, with the National Weather Ser­vice is­su­ing pre­lim­i­nary re­ports of up to 4.5 inches in north­ern Bal­ti­more County, as much as six inches in Car­roll County and up to nine inches in Al­le­gany County.

The rare Oc­to­ber snow­storm bore down from Vir­ginia to Con­necti­cut, de­lay­ing flights and knock­ing out elec­tric­ity for hundreds of thou­sands of cus­tomers.

The weather ser­vice is­sued a freeze warn­ing for the Bal­ti­more-washington area from mid­night to 9 a.m. to­day. The weather ser­vice said that tem­per­a­tures would range from the 20s in moun­tain­ous ar­eas to the low 30s in ur­ban ar­eas.

Gale warn­ings were in ef­fect for the mid­dle and lower Mary­land por­tions of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay as well as the tidal Po­tomac in­let. A small craft ad­vi­sory was is­sued for the north­ern bay and up­per tidal Po­tomac River.

Bal­ti­more Gas and Elec­tric re­ported about 1,700 out­ages as of 7 p.m. Satur­day, many of them in Car­roll and Bal­ti­more coun­ties.

The util­ity warned that “heavy, wet snow and high wind gusts,” could take down trees and limbs, po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing power lines. BGE called in ex­tra field staff to work over the week­end.

Weather-re­lated de­bris in Fred­er­ick County forced the clos­ing of lanes and shoul­ders in both di­rec­tions of MD 77 at Foxville Deer­field Road, state trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials said.

The snowiest Oc­to­ber day on record for Bal­ti­more came in 1925, when 2.5 inches fell on Oct. 30. Mea­sur­able snow has fallen on Bal­ti­more on only four Oc­to­ber days since of­fi­cial record-keep­ing be­gan.

An inch of snow at Bal­ti­more-washington In­ter­na­tional Thur­good Mar­shall Air­port could make this the sec­ond-snowiest Oc­to­ber day on record for Bal­ti­more.

Ma­jor de­lays were re­ported at Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Air­port and at New York-area air­ports. At least 1,000 flights had been can­celed, and Teter­boro Air­port in New Jersey closed for a pe­riod of time, said flight track­ing ser­vice Flightawar­e.com.

“It’s a strong storm for Oc­to­ber,” said Ac­cuweather.com se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Paul Walker. “We don’t usu­ally see storms this deep and this strong.”

The storm brought more than an inch of snow to New York’s Cen­tral Park, break­ing a record that had stood since 1925, ac­cord­ing to Ac­cuweather.com. The snow and cold tested the re­solve of the Oc­cupy Wall Street pro­test­ers, who hun­kered down in snow-cov­ered tents in Man­hat­tan’s fi­nan­cial district.

“We knew this would be tough. We didn’t start this as a sort of sum­mer of love, it’s the win­ter of dis­con­tent,” said Alan Collinge, 41, from Seat­tle.

Yankel­low, the Reis­ter­stown man, said he saw snow when he awoke early Satur­day.

“The first thing I did was to wake up my girls,” he said.

He spoke while shop­ping for a bat­tery at the Hunt Val­ley Town Cen­ter.

Can­dace Pavese vis­ited the shop­ping cen­ter from New Free­dom, Pa., just north of the Mary­land bor­der. She said that when she left New Free­dom on Satur­day morn­ing, the area was be­ing hit with the kind of snow that “a per­son go­ing by hu­man wis­dom only would never go out in.”

“But I prayed about it,” Pavese said, and the Holy Spirit said, ‘It’s go­ing to be fine.’ ”


Left to right, An­nie Mc­shea, 20, Fred­er­ick; Sarah Mar­shall, 19, Bos­ton; and Kai­ley Beck, 19, Brook­lyn, N.Y, Mcdaniel Col­lege stu­dents, walk through cam­pus af­ter at­tend­ing a vol­ley­ball game in the snow.

To read more col­umns by Jean Mar­bella, go to bal­ti­more­sun.com/mar­bella

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