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Friday, February 1, 2008

Feb's in With Freezing Rain

I am a little confused by what NWS is doing with their advisory naming. Last night's Freezing Rain Advisory is now A Winter Weather Advisory- but it's just freezing rain. It already confused my morning producer, and I am sure it might have for you as well. Here is the latest map. As of 4:30am- temperatures in Carroll and Baltimore County - north of Towson were 28-32F. Most of Howard was 30-32F with our station at Howard Comm College at 33F. Ice will be widespread north, and more patchy close to the beltway. Even ABC2 Studio temp is 31F as I write this. Just be careful!
Below is the Storm Prediction Center's risk for Severe Weather as well. It will be a busy day, so not much time here to write. However, when we get ice and cold air damming, it is hard to break that wedge. I would hold the best chance of anything severe farther south and east...perhaps near Salisbury as temps surge to near 60F there. The parameters are marginal, but there will be strong winds and fast rising air that could spawn an isolated 'spinner'. Otherwise, rain will be heavy this afternoon for all of us.

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