A major, high-impact winter storm is very likely to strike the Mid-Atlantic with heavy snow Friday and Saturday. This storm has the potential to be as strong as part one of the "Snowpocalypse" storm of Feb 5-6, 2010. The one difference is that the atmosphere will be somewhat warmer this time around, allowing for the possibility that snow will mix with sleet, primarily along and east of I-95. Adding the high winds in addition to the winter weather, will make this not only a winter storm, but a Blizzard.
The National Weather Service has gone ahead and hoisted a BLIZZARD WATCH for all areas along and east of I-95, which includes all of Southern Maryland. For a storm to be considered a blizzard, all you need are winds over 35mph for over 3 hours, there is no snow requirement. However, we will also see high snow totals in addition to the high winds. Even though we have the blizzard watch, I think the highest snow totals will stay out to our west.
As our storm system passes off the coast, we will see coastal flooding along all the Atlantic Beaches from North Carolina to New York. Additionally, as this storm rapidly strengthens, we will see high winds wrap around, hence the blizzard watch.
It looks like areas to our north and west will be mainly snow for all of the event. For areas along and to the east of I-95, we will see snow too, but we will have some mixing overnight Friday into early Saturday morning. Rain will mix in at times on the coast, but they too will see wintry weather.
I have growing confidence that our region will experience the first blizzard in over 6 years. Right now, it looks like accumulations will be in, and around, a foot of snow. The latest trends put some of the heavier snow in our region, but I will hold off on any changes. This storm moves in Friday Afternoon, which will make it a hard call for schools. You need to begin preparations today. If you have plans to fly or travel anytime after noon Friday, I would strongly recommend changing them or risk some major headaches. I urge you to stay with JB Weather for the latest forecasts without any hype. I will be updating this forecast tomorrow with my final call. Hunker down SoMD, this could easily break our top ten all time snowstorm list!