Snow, High Winds, High Water on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Posted on February 4, 2010


Friday afternoon update for Ocean City: 41 degrees at noon. Light, snow began around 2 p.m., melting as it hits the ground. More later.
The marsh in West Ocean City with 12 inches of snow, and in the background, the low skyline of Ocean City just north of the Route 50 bridge. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Photo by BJH.

The Winter You’ll Tell Your Grandchildren About

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of Delaware and southern New Jersey. Virginia has already issued a state of emergency.

What about Maryland? Snow conditions on Maryland’s Eastern Shore will depend on the exact path of the snowstorm. As of Thursday night, it appears that the Interstate-95 corridor, from Washington to Baltimore to Philadelphia, is in for 18 to 24 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday. Near blizzard conditions possible in Maryland late Friday and early morning Saturday.

On the Delmarva Peninsula (that’s the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, and all of Delaware), we’re not talking only snow. We’re talking gale warning Friday evening, and flood advisory from 11 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday.

HOW DEEP THIS TIME? In Ocean City, we received 1 or 2 inches in the December snowstorm, and 11 to 12 inches in last Saturday's storm.

HOW DEEP THIS TIME? In Ocean City, we received 1 or 2 inches in the December snowstorm, and 11 to 12 inches in last Saturday's storm.

Here in Ocean City, we may escape the deeper accumulations that are likely a little farther north on the Maryland Shore. The outlook for this southeastern-most corner of Maryland (Worcester and Somerset Counties) is for 6 inches of snow, possibly more.

With a heavy, wet snow settling on trees and power lines, and gale-force winds likely Friday night, power outages are a real concern throughout the region.  (The gas furnace in my little corner of West Ocean City chose last weekend to fail. Thankfully, we now have more than adequate electric space heaters.)

In Maryland, look for snow or rain to start in the morning or afternoon, depending on your location. Snow will get more intense Friday evening, and probably continue all night and all day Saturday in most places. In Ocean City, we expect a high temperature of 38 on Friday, so we might have rain turning to snow later. On Saturday, we might have mixed snow and sleet.

The temperature in Ocean City will fall only to about 30 Friday night, but the wind will pick up to 25-35 mph, with gusts over 50. The high here Saturday is predicted at 34, with a low of 30. The sun comes out again on Sunday.

Southwest Airlines is expected to begin canceling flights out of BWI on Friday afternoon.