Year’s first snow­storm looms over Mid-Shore

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

EAS­TON — The Mid-Shore’s first snow of the year is ex­pected to make land­fall this week­end, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Fore­cast­ers from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, Ac­cuweather.com and other out- lets have vary­ing pre­dic­tions on the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of snow. Ac­cuweather fore­casts call for 2 to 4 inches of snow through­out the state, while the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicts light snow.

A Thurs­day, Jan. 10, fore­cast pub­lished by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice iden­ti­fies a high-pres­sure sys­tem build­ing through On­tario through Fri­day. Into Saturday, a low pres­sure sys­tem will be­gin to move east, in­creas­ing cloud cov­er­age in the area.

“In fact by late af­ter­noon some flur­ries or very light snow could ar­rive as­so­ci­ated with a lead­ing piece of short­wave en­ergy with this sys­tem,” ac­cord­ing to the fore­cast by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

The fore­cast states while ini­tial mod­els are look­ing pos­i­tive for the storm be­ing light, the Global Fore­cast Sys­tem model

Ac­cuweather fore­casts call for 2 to 4 inches of snow through­out the state, while the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicts light snow.

is trend­ing the storm north, while the Eu­ro­pean Cen­tre for Medium-Range Weather Fore­casts pre­dict the storm to track south.

“How­ever, the chal­lenges are that there may be a sharp gra­di­ent in pre­cip­i­ta­tion set­ting up north of the low (pres­sure sys­tem) due to the cold, dry high (pres­sure sys­tem) off to our north,” ac­cord­ing to the fore­cast by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Since there is a high prob­a­bil­ity most of the pre­cip­i­ta­tion will be a mix

of snow, sleet and pos­si­bly rain in some ar­eas, the amount of pre­dicted snow­fall is un­cer­tain, the fore­cast states.

The fore­cast pre­dicts a light pe­riod of snow through­out af­fected ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Mid-Shore, Saturday night — which will be­gin the win­ter event. The fore­cast states the snow­fall “shouldn’t amount to much.”

“Fol­low­ing this first wave, the meat of any heav­ier snow ar­rives dur­ing the day Sun­day into Sun­day night with the high­est chances for pre­cip­i­ta­tion oc­cur­ring roughly near and south of the I-95 cor­ri­dor where there could be a few to sev­eral inches of snow,” ac­cord­ing to the fore­cast by the Na­tional

Weather Ser vice.

By Mon­day, the Na­tional Weather Ser vice pre­dicts the low-pres­sure sys­tem will move away from the area with a high-pres­sure sys­tem di­rectly be­hind it. This will stop any con­tin­ued snow­fall quickly, ac­cord­ing to the fore­cast.

The Tal­bot County Emer­gency Ser­vices’ Face­book page posted in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for in­com­ing win­ter storms, Jan. 10. The post links to a Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency doc­u­ment with tips on pre­par­ing for storms, such as never us­ing a gas gen­er­a­tor in­doors or iden­ti­fy­ing lo­cal ar­eas to keep warm if power goes out.

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