By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
1:39 PM EST, February 5, 2013
An expected snowfall overnight could have brought fourth and fifth consecutive days of snow at BWI Marshall Airport, but it wasn't to be. After a series of fast-moving light snowfalls, the weather is expected to quiet through the weekend.
While various models showed at least a dusting of snow, and maybe a few inches, in the Baltimore area, the precipitation did not make it out of the mountains.
Some in western Allegany County reported to the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office as much as 5 inches of snow out west, while in Hagerstown, snow totaled 0.8 inches. The weather service didn't receive any snow reports east of there.
One weather service forecaster likened the snow forecast to one that was headed our way three years ago at this time, but had the opposite outcome (hello, Snowmageddon?). In a forecast discussion, the meteorologist wrote in abbreviated parlance Tuesday:
¿¿"I WAS ON MIDNGT SHIFT 3 YRS AGO TNGT W/ THE SAME FCST PARTNER AS TNGT...AND I SUSPECT WE WERE WORKING PRETTY HARD PREPARING FOR WHAT WOULD BECOME THE 1ST OF 2 BLZRDS IN THE SAME WK (IT BEGAN SNOWING AT IAD ON THE MRNG OF THE 5TH. BY 10 AM VSBY WAS 1/2 MILE. SEE THE WINTER STORMS PAGE ON THE NWS LWX WEB PAGE FOR MORE INFO). QUITE A DIFFERENT STORY THIS YR - ALTHO (E OF THE MTNS) SNOWFALL HAS BEEN QUITE SPARSE THIS WINTER THE CLIPPERS KEEP COMING."
There aren't any more clippers in the forecast at the moment, through the weekend at least. But after high pressure dominates Saturday and Sunday, low pressure could make things unsettled come early next week, according to the weather service discussion.
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