Snow follows unusual pattern

Heaviest accumulation is in Southern Md.

Baltimore gets only 3 inches

March 03, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon | Tyeesha Dixon,tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com

Calvert County got 13 inches, St. Mary's 11 and Anne Arundel 8 1/2 .

It wasn't the typical Baltimore-area snowfall pattern, but some of the southernmost regions of the metro area saw about a dozen inches of snow yesterday, while areas north of the city experienced less than half of that.

Baltimore County reported 4.8 to 7 inches, and Baltimore had less than 3 inches, said Calvin Meadows, meteorological technician for the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, Va.

Meadows said that although the pattern might seem out of the ordinary, a storm's route and temperature can vary, determining which areas get more snow.

"It really depends," Meadows said. "It was relatively warm when it started precipitating."

In St. Mary's, 5,000 people still didn't have electricity yesterday, said Karen Everett, county spokeswoman. About 4 p.m., the county opened an emergency shelter at Great Mills High School for residents without power. Three senior activity centers were expected to remain closed through today.

"We haven't had this many inches of snow in quite a while," Everett said. "County government was closed for the day, which is unusual."

In Anne Arundel, although county employees reported to work with liberal leave, last night's County Council meeting was postponed until tonight.

In the St. Margaret's area of Annapolis, a 15-year-old girl was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries after a sledding accident, according to the county Fire Department.

Nationally, the southern and northeastern parts of the country were hit with freezing rain, snow and wind. Raleigh, N.C., got more than 3 inches of snow for the 11th time in the past 122 years. The Northeast got 7 to 12 inches, and about 950 flights were canceled at the three main airports in the New York area.

Here, expect highs near 27 degrees today and winds between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph, said Meadows.

Some school districts already had announced two-hour delays in the Baltimore area for today or closings on the Shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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