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.
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.