Year’s first snowstorm looms over Mid-Shore
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.