BALTIMORE, MD — Maryland has shivered through its share of brutally cold temperatures and a few snow squalls this winter. But with last weeks mild temperatures, the worst is likely behind us, right? Not so fast, say the folks at The Farmer’s Almanac, who say winter isn’t done with us quite yet.
The National Weather Service is calling for light snow tonight into Tuesday morning. Next week, beginning Sunday, February 4, the state could see more wintry wet weather in the mountains, with gusty rains in the Baltimore-Washington region, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. In early March, look for a repeat of that same type of storm system, it said.
Last August, The Farmers’ Almanac released its long-range prediction for winter 2018, forecasting Maryland would experience “above-normal” precipitation and that the region will have a “cold-and-snowy” winter. Accuweather is also predicting snow showers will advance into the Mid-Atlantic states Monday night into Tuesday.
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Farmer’s Almanac, the iconic publication that’s been serving up weather predictions since 1818, said that based on its formula many areas in the U.S. would see “above-normal” precipitation, such as in the Great Lakes and Northeast where snowier than normal conditions were likely. The Farmers’ Almanac also is “red-flagging the 2018 dates of January 20-23, February 4-7 & 16-19, and March 1-3 & 20-23 along the Atlantic Seaboard for some heavy precipitation.”
“Break out the space heaters, umbrellas, and warm socks, because the Southeast will see below normal winter temperatures with an unseasonable chill reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast, with above-average precipitation,” the Almanac’s forecast said.
Snow showers will cross the region late tonight and early Tuesday morning with a strong cold front, says the National Weather Service. While accumulations will be light and the snow will be brief, it could briefly come down heavily. Rush hour may be affected. In addition, winds may gust 30-40 mph as the front moves through.
Here is The Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions for the Southeast region through the end of March 2018:
28th – 31st: Showers, then turning fair.
1st-3rd: Sun gives way to increasing cloudiness.
4th-7th: Nor’easter brings widespread heavy snow with accumulations possibly exceeding one foot for the Virginias, the mountains of western North Carolina. Elsewhere, showery/heavy rains, gusty winds.
8th-11th: Intervals of sunshine, breezy with a brief shower of rain/wet snow.
12th-15th: Clouds increase.
16th-19th: Snow (Mid-Atlantic) or rain (Southeast) as a storm sweeps in from the West in time for Presidents’ Day weekend.
20th-23rd: Blustery winds.
24th-28th: Fair, dry with less wind.
1st-3rd: Another major East Coast storm brings widespread heavy snow with accumulations of 12+ inches for Virginias, mountains of North Carolina. Elsewhere, showery/heavy rains, gusty winds.
4th-7th: Partial sunshine, breezy with perhaps a passing rain or wet snow shower.
8th-11th: Scattered showers
12th-15th: Windy; more showers, then clearing skies.
16th-19th: Consider it a “wintermission” as winter comes to a close; dry with a mixture of clouds, sun.
20th-23rd: Wet snow, sleet (Mid-Atlantic) or rain (Southeast) sweeps in from the West.
24th-27th: Showers Gulf States through Carolinas to Virginia, then fair.
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