|Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – John Patti, Robert Lang, Scott Wykoff, Tony Pann, Associated Press, National Weather Service|
|The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Baltimore area until 4 a.m.
WBAL Meteorologist Tony Pann says a mix of snow, sleet, and rain will change back to snow by late afternoon.
He says an additional 5 to 8 inches of new snow on average can be expected by very early Thursday morning.
Morning snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches around the Baltimore area, though a WBAL listener in Churchville reported 7-inches of snow on the ground.
Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible.
State Highway Administration crews have been out since about 2am and have been treating and plowing roadways where needed. Major roads are passable but many secondary and neighborhood streets are slippery.
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Part of I-95 northbound near Havre de Grace was closed briefly this morning because of a jackknifed tractor trailer. A spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration told WBAL News that the roadway was open to traffic just before 11 a.m.
Snow emergency plans are in effect in a number of jurisdictions. It means that there is no parking on roads designated as snow emergency routes. All vehicles are also required to have snow tires or chains, unless they have all season radials.
CLICK HERE for a list of counties where snow emergency plans are in effect.
Delays are reported at BWI.
WBAL financial analyst Jonathan Murray called the station from a plane waiting to take off at BWI-Marshall Airport. Murray said his 7:20 flight to Detroit was still on the runway after 10 a.m. He says that about a dozen planes including his are waiting to be de-iced.
CLICK HERE for a list of flights that are delayed or cancelled at BWI-Marshall Airport.
BGE says it is concerned for the second part of this storm later Wednesday night. The precipitation is expected to be in the form of heavy wet snow which could mean an unusually high number of power outages. BGE customers should prepare before conditions get bad.
Just after 11 a.m., the utuility reported just over 100 customers without power.
CLICK HERE for an update list of BGE outages.
Stay with 1090AM WBAL for traffic and weather updates all day Wednesday.
Federal Offices Shutting Down Early In D.C.
The federal government is letting employees get a head start on the commute home as the Washington region braces for the first significant snowfall since last winter’s back-to-back blizzards.
The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that workers at agencies in the Washington area should leave two hours earlier than their usual time.
Heavy snow is expected to fall during the evening rush hour Wednesday and school systems that were not already closed for the day are canceling evening programs. The federal government was closed for several days during last year’s storms.
Statements from the National Weather Service as of 11:50 a.m. Wednesday
MDZ004007-009011-VAZ036040-042-501-270045- /O.CON.KLWX.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-110127T0900Z/ FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD- SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK- LOUDOUN-NORTHERN FAUQUIER- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FREDERICK…WESTMINSTER… GAITHERSBURG…COLUMBIA…BALTIMORE…CHARLOTTESVILLE… WASHINGTON…LEESBURG…WARRENTON 1142 AM EST WED JAN 26 2011
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST THURSDAY…
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST THURSDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW. SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN AND A LITTLE SLEET THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON.
* ACCUMULATIONS…5 TO 10 INCHES.
* TIMING…SNOW RETURNING BY MID AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL END AFTER MIDNIGHT FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 4PM AND 10 PM…IMPACTING THE AFTERNOON RUSH.
* TEMPERATURES…LOWER TO MID 30S TODAY. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES IN
THE LOWER TO MID 20S.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WEDNESDAY…BECOMING NORTHWEST THIS EVENING.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT SPOTTER REPORTS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 1206 PM EST WED JAN 26 2011
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 2 HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS…COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS…SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BALTIMORE
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF /INCHES/ MEASUREMENT
…ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY…
SEVERN 1.5 1055 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 N PARKVILLE 3.7 1150 AM 1/26 PUBLIC
2 E PERRY HALL 3.5 1007 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 SE GARRISON 3.5 1037 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
CARNEY 3.5 1000 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 E OELLA 2.5 1113 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 NW BERRYVILLE 0.5 1000 AM 1/26 PUBLIC
3 NNW WOOLSEY 0.5 1015 AM 1/26 TRAINED SPOTTER