2019’s first storm aims at Shore
Forecasters predict snow until Monday, with up to 8 inches today
EASTON — The entire MidShore region will be under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14.
National Weather Service forecasters on Saturday raised the predicted amount of snow from 2 to 4 inches to 4 to 8 inches after evaluating the system. Forecasts predicted snow to reach the region Saturday evening.
A forecast by the National Weather Service states isentropic lift, the “lifting of air that is traveling along an upward-sloping isentropic surface,” will cause a long period of light snow into Sunday.
“A surface high to the north will really impede the northward progress of the
precipitation,” according to the forecast by the National Weather Service.
A forecast by the National Weather Service also states a low-pressure lift will develop to the south Saturday night, into Sunday morning, affecting snowfall precipitation.
“Though the strongest lift and potential banding looks to occur just to our south, suspect some higher totals may seep into southern Delaware and adjacent portions of Maryland,” according to a forecast by the National Weather Service.
A high-pressure jet stream also will develop lift for the storm, as a costal low-pressure system east of Virginia will move into the system, as well.
“Heavier snow may sneak into the far southern County Warning Area as this process occurs, though the cutoff in snow totals may be rather pronounced with his second phase of the event,” according to a forecast by the National Weather Service.
Precipitation should be mostly snow from the system, but late Sunday afternoon a low-level thermal profile may mix in rain or sleet.
As low-pressure systems strengthen off or near the coast Sunday evening, winds from the north could become gusty near the coast, according to a forecast by the National Weather Service.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has activated its Emergency Operations Center and positioned crews across Maryland to monitor and respond to winter precipitation forecasted today through tomorrow.
“MDOT SHA encourages motorists to keep a sharp eye on the weather conditions and plan accordingly for afternoon and evening travel; we urge motorists to limit travel so that crews can safely treat roadways effectively,” said Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administrator Greg Slater. “We will be working through the night and through the duration of the storm to keep the roads safe.”
A dump truck equipped with a snow plow leaves the State Highway Administration building Saturday, Jan. 12. Snow fall predictions were increased from 2 to 4 inches to 4 to 8 inches Saturday.