2019’s first storm aims at Shore

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict snow un­til Mon­day, with up to 8 inches to­day

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

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.

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