Baltimore's heaviest December snow fell three years ago today

Three years ago today, Baltimore was being buried with upwards of 2 feet of snow in some areas in its heaviest December snowfall on record.

The storm was something of a surprise, according to the Maryland Weather blog archives: Even a day before it arrived, snowfall predictions were lower but quickly creeping upward. National Weather Service forecasters called for 5-10 inches across the region at first, while other weather watchers predicted a foot or more.

The weather service later that day, Dec. 18, bumped its forecast to 1 to 2 feet. Foot's Forecast, which that winter gained a significant following during the December storm and Snowmageddon that February, pegged it nearly on the nose with a prediction of 2 feet of snow.

The storm ended up paralyzing the region, of course (though it would be dwarfed by Snowmageddon weeks later). It prompted blizzard warnings and smashed December snow records.

No winter season has even matched the December 2009 storm's snowfall total, with just 14.4 inches in winter 2010-2011 and only 1.8 inches last winter at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

We have passed the normal date for the first measurable snow in Baltimore, Dec. 14, while the first snowfall of at least 1 inch typically comes around New Year's Eve. Western Maryland is meanwhile bracing for its second winter storm of the season, after Superstorm Sandy dumped 2 feet of snow.

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