WEATHER BLOG: Still Dealing With Sandy
The heaviest rain and highest winds ended Monday night, but this storm is not finished.
Peak winds gusted up to 70 mph for towns lining the Bay and the Severn, and maybe even higher than that along the beach. The highest wind we saw at BWI-Marshall was 60 mph, with a 67 mph wind gust in Baltimore City. Most counties at least hit 50 if not 60 mph wind gusts Monday night. Rainfall amounts were just as high. Many areas hit 10″ of rainfall during the storm, including the Naval Academy, Columbia, and southern Carroll County. Elsewhere, rainfall amounts were generally 6-10″, with over 6″ of rain officially recorded at BWI-Marshall. That will help with our rainfall deficit, but we don’t like seeing that much all at once.
The wind warnings were dropped earlier Tuesday, but the flood warnings continue. Coastal flood warnings continue through the morning high tide cycle, which varies from town to town but is based around 8 a.m. River flood warnings are also still in effect, and will likely get extended as water takes its time to cycle through the creeks, streams, and down from PA eventually out into the bay and ocean.
Another warning that is still in effect is the blizzard warning for Garrett County. High elevation snowfall, particularly on the western slopes, is adding up by the feet. Yes, up to 2′ of snow has fallen in some places with more on the way overnight. The cold air that got pulled into this storm has overspread the state. And rain even mixed with sleet and snowflakes briefly all the way down to Baltimore. Ron Matz confirmed that for us during his live shot along the Jones Falls Tuesday morning.
The storm will still be close enough for clouds and spotty rain Wednesday before slowly drifting even farther off to the north. It will be breezy, but only with winds of 10-15 mph and gusts just over 20 mph. There will be some sunshine trying to break through. The best news of all, it looks like trick-or-treating will go off Wednesday night as planned for most people!
Drier, but still cool weather will dominate the forecast for the rest of the week. Expect highs in the 50s and more sunshine to appear.