Major Snowstorm Blankets Maryland

Posted on February 5, 2010


Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C. are under a blizzard warning Friday night as our first February snowstorm begins to get serious.

Washington and the surrounding area are in the center of the storm, with possible accumulation up to 30 inches. Some folks are actually rooting for D.C. to break the old record of 28 inches for a single snowfall.

The winter storm is expected to blanket the Baltimore region and most of the state with one to two feet of snow. Gov. Martin O’Malley has called a state of emergency, and the National Guard is deploying in Maryland. Virginia and Delaware are also on emergency status, and Delaware has a blizzard warning.

The Maryland counties bracing for possible blizzard conditions (snow with high wind) are Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s.

The governor of Delaware has declared that no driving will be allowed in that state after 10 p.m. Friday night. Gov. O’Malley is merely asking people to stay off the roads in Maryland.

The rain-snow dividing line on satellite photos appears to be just below Southern Maryland on the Western Shore, and going across the southeastern corner of the Eastern Shore at about Assateague Island. It looks like Ocean City is on the snowy side of the line, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia is on the rainy side.

Heavy snow is expected to continue and possibly intensify through the night. High winds will be felt Friday night, particularly along the coastal areas of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Snow will continue with colder temperatures Saturday morning. The storm is expected to taper off Saturday afternoon or evening. Sunny and cold Sunday.

Maryland budgeted $60 million for snowstorms this winter, and $50 million has already been spent.

Have you heard that we could have another snow event on Tuesday or Wednesday? Enjoy the weekend.