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First snow of the season: Heavy burst for Ravens but barely registered at BWI

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For more than five days, this Sunday December 8th was billed to be a weather event. There was a gradual build up and confirmation among computer models, but overall the storm behaved as expected with one exception: The heavy snow!

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That snow was the dominant feature in the Ravens game, the first time in franchise history a home game was played in falling accumulating snow. That was the headline of the game until there were 5 touchdowns in the final 2:05. In the end, the Ravens were victorious and M&T Bank Stadium might have been on the southern edge of the moderate snow. At least 3 inches fell there, but just a few miles south at the official weather station for Baltimore only 0.7” snow was measured. Across the city, Fells Point had 1.2” while TV Hill on the north side got 4.8” of snow.

The maps in the slide show display the sharp contrast across central Maryland. Basically along and north of I-70 most places received 4-8 inches of snow. This extended from Frederick County to Baltimore City, and along I-95 into Cecil County. A pulse of 8 inches in Cecil County forced that school system to be the first to close Monday due to cleanup and anticipation of freezing rain overnight.

There is a normal influence of the Chesapeake Bay to warm nearby area and lower snow totals. Today it was cold enough. There is also an influence of the hills west of the city to proved colder air and some enhancement to storms. But a final factor was just the upper level dynamics that produced that heavy band of snow. At some points it was falling at the rate of 2 inches per hour.

If you look in the slide show, you will see the Canadian Computer Model that I tracked, considering that it had the best handle on the storm. It did. It plotted a solid band of moderate to heavy snow for Sunday morning into the early afternoon. There was some limitations with the northern extent of the snow, and even the location of the band itself. In fact Saturday evening it shifted this south of Baltimore, but the result was more in line with climatology.

Snow totals listed below…

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Snow Totals in Maryland reported by NWS Sterling Virginia:

Notice the times: Not all listed are final totals.

MARYLAND

...ALLEGANY COUNTY...

1 SSE LA VALE 4.0 321 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

2 ESE RIDGELEY 4.0 1240 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 W NORTH BRANCH 4.0 315 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

CUMBERLAND 3.5 315 PM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

1 S LA VALE 3.5 359 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

FROSTBURG 2.0 319 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

ECKHART MINES 1.6 1217 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY...

1 NW ANNAPOLIS 0.8 245 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

SEVERN 0.8 220 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

CROFTON 0.7 215 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...BALTIMORE COUNTY...

1 E GLYNDON 8.0 245 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

PARKTON 8.0 445 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 SW NORRISVILLE 7.5 245 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 E COCKEYSVILLE 7.3 250 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

HUNT VALLEY 7.0 250 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 W PARKTON 7.0 314 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 NW LONG GREEN 7.0 315 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

JACKSONVILLE 7.0 200 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

KINGSVILLE 6.5 505 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 NW RANDALLSTOWN 6.5 215 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 NNW BROOKLANDVILLE 5.8 250 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 W HAMPTON 5.5 230 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 E PERRY HALL 5.0 310 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 WSW GLYNDON 5.0 104 PM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

1 ESE GLYNDON 5.0 1245 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

4 ENE REISTERSTOWN 4.5 1257 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 SSE TOWSON 4.3 145 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

PHOENIX 4.0 1206 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 E OELLA 3.0 353 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 W ESSEX 3.0 445 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 NNE UPPER FALLS 2.9 1225 PM 12/08 COCORAHS

MIDDLE RIVER 2.5 300 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

PARKVILLE 2.0 1254 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 SSW DUNDALK 1.5 453 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...BALTIMORE CITY...

PIMLICO 4.8 500 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 N FELLS POINT 1.2 144 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...CALVERT COUNTY...

2 WNW HUNTINGTOWN 0.5 225 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

LUSBY 0.5 1205 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

...CARROLL COUNTY...

2 SE WESTMINSTER 8.5 225 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 SE WINFIELD 8.3 315 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 S WESTMINSTER 8.0 215 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 SSW MANCHESTER 8.0 215 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 ENE CARROLLTON 8.0 127 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 WNW WESTMINSTER 8.0 454 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

4 WSW REESE 6.5 313 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 NNW GAITHER 6.5 215 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 WSW LINEBORO 6.3 417 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 WSW WINFIELD 6.0 155 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

SYKESVILLE 6.0 306 PM 12/08 COCORAHS

HAMPSTEAD 6.0 154 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

4 NE MILLERS 5.0 100 PM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

1 W WESTMINSTER 4.5 1225 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

FINKSBURG 4.0 1228 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

5 NW MANCHESTER 4.0 1230 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...CHARLES COUNTY...

1 SW DENTSVILLE 0.7 415 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...FREDERICK COUNTY...

1 ESE FREDERICK 8.2 315 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 SSW MOUNT PLEASANT 8.0 255 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

3 WNW FREDERICK 7.5 220 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

2 NE JEFFERSON 7.5 128 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 NW NEW MARKET 7.5 200 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 E WALKERSVILLE 7.5 150 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

WALKERSVILLE 7.0 246 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

NEW MARKET 7.0 200 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 NNW BRADDOCK HEIGH 6.5 100 PM 12/08 COUNTY EMRG MGMT

1 N FREDERICK 5.5 1200 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

THURMONT 5.0 433 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

3 SSW FREDERICK 5.0 1205 PM 12/08 NWS EMPLOYEE

1 NE POINT OF ROCKS 4.7 127 PM 12/08 NWS EMPLOYEE

...HARFORD COUNTY...

NORRISVILLE 9.0 345 PM 12/08 COUNTY EMRG MGMT

1 NNE BEL AIR 7.3 346 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

BEL AIR 7.0 240 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 E SCARBORO 6.0 128 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

EDGEWOOD 6.0 350 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

3 SE BEL AIR 3.8 1145 AM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 E NORRISVILLE 2.7 1229 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...HOWARD COUNTY...

2 SE GAITHER 5.5 250 PM 12/08 COCORAHS

ELLICOTT CITY 3.0 245 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

2 N COLUMBIA 2.8 200 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 N SAVAGE 1.2 445 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 WSW SAVAGE 1.0 500 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...

LAYTONSVILLE 5.2 155 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

3 SSW DAMASCUS 4.5 303 PM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

2 ENE GERMANTOWN 4.0 225 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

GERMANTOWN 3.0 307 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

5 N LAYTONSVILLE 3.0 120 PM 12/08 BROADCAST MEDIA

1 NNE WASHINGTON GRO 3.0 417 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

2 ESE GERMANTOWN 3.0 234 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 ESE NORTH POTOMAC 3.0 305 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 ENE GAITHERSBURG 2.2 400 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 NNW FOUR CORNERS 2.0 340 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

1 SW DARNESTOWN 1.8 220 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 NNE FAIRLAND 1.2 215 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

...PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY...

COLLEGE PARK 0.5 105 PM 12/08 NWS EMPLOYEE

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...

HAGERSTOWN 7.2 344 PM 12/08 911 CALL CENTER

S HAGERSTOWN 7.0 303 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

1 ENE HAGERSTOWN 6.9 300 PM 12/08 COCORAHS

1 NE FUNKSTOWN 6.0 240 PM 12/08 TRAINED SPOTTER

FUNKSTOWN 5.0 123 PM 12/08 PUBLIC

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