It was a chilly but dry election day. Now our attention turns to the developing nor’easter that’s moving up the coast.
We started out the day at 28 degrees. Since it was an official freeze for most of the area, temperatures may get below freezing the next few nights but we will no longer see frost/freeze watches/advisories/warnings issued. Even with sunshine today, we only recovered to 45 degrees. That is 15 degrees below average!
The new storm is going to move into this chilly air. Clouds are already taking over tonight. Rain will break out tomorrow, then start mixing with or changing over to snow as it interacts with even colder air to our northwest. The rain/snow mix will continue through early Thursday before this storm moves away.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Cecil County. With the ground still so warm (relative to freezing), we aren’t expecting big accumulations. There could be an inch on grassy surfaces across the north from Carroll to Cecil Counties. More is expected when you head up I-95 in PA and NJ. The reason we aren’t talking about snowfall totals in western Maryland is because this is not your storm. After your 3′ of snow, most of this moisture with this storm will centered farther east.
Winds are another part of this storm. A High Wind Watch has been issued for northern parts of the Eastern Shore. Winds could gust 30-40 mph for the central Maryland over to the Eastern Shore, while gusts maybe up to 50 mph are possible along the beaches of the Eastern Shore.
When this storm wraps up and gets out of here, it’s going to change up our weather pattern – this time to warmer. The cold, stormy weather will get shifted to the west by the end of the week, while temperatures here get back to the mid 60s by the weekend.