Snowfall not as heavy as expected Forecasters had initially predicted 3 to 5 inches but reduced it late Friday

December 28, 1997|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The snow expected to hit Baltimore yesterday arrived all right, but didn't have the anticipated impact.

Snow fell on Baltimore throughout the late morning and early afternoon. But the snow, following a light rain from 7 a.m. to about 10 a.m., didn't stick.

The National Weather Service initially predicted 3 to 5 inches as part of a winter storm advisory it issued early Friday. But late Friday night, the weather service predicted lighter snow.

The low-pressure front responsible for the snow was expected to move north to New England and Canada today. Marylanders can expect dry weather, with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s today.

Yesterday's snow did not stick because temperatures hovered in the mid-30s, not cold enough for the precipitation to stick anywhere but grassy areas.

While the snow had little effect in the Baltimore area and on the Eastern Shore, several inches were expected to accumulate in the higher elevations in Western Maryland, according to Bill Romine of Weather Central in Madison, Wis.

The surface temperatures "are generally going to be warmer [in Baltimore] because of the concrete and steel and it's warmer by the bay," said Romine. He predicted a dry day today.

In Western Maryland, "they'll see more of the clouds because of the mountains, but in general, the state will be drier," Romine said.

That may not hold true for tomorrow.

Meteorologist David Thede of the National Weather Service's regional office in Sterling, Va., said snow may return tomorrow or Tuesday as another low-pressure system develops along the East Coast.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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