By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
8:47 PM EST, November 7, 2012
A winter storm forecast to drop a few inches of snow from Philadelphia to New England was expected to mostly spare the Baltimore area, with little but flurries and cold winds overnight Thursday.
The nor'easter tracked farther east than many forecast models had predicted. With a narrow band of precipitation to the storm's west, most of the rain, sleet and snow stayed over the Delmarva Peninsula and the ocean. Relatively warm ground temperatures also prevented accumulation.
With a chance missed for the season's first snowfall, it could be a while before the region gets another taste of winter. Temperatures are forecast to rise to the 60s by the weekend.
Snowfall in Maryland was expected to be concentrated in the northeast corner of the state, with a winter weather advisory in effect through 1 a.m. Thursday for Cecil and Kent counties, while the advisory was canceled for Harford and northern Baltimore counties Wednesday evening. Accumulation of at most an inch was expected.
The lack of snow in most of the Baltimore area was a narrow miss, forecasters said. Some tracks of the storm expected earlier in the week suggested as much as 4-6 inches of snow could have fallen, accumulations that are expected in parts of New Jersey, New York and New England through Thursday morning.
"It wouldn't take that much of a shift for us to get more significant precipitation, but it looks like we'll be just to the west of where the heaviest stuff will fall," Jared Klein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington forecast office, said Wednesday afternoon.
The storm's impact was still expected along the Maryland coast, though. Ocean City officials warned residents of an inch of rain, 40 mph wind gusts and a higher than normal tide expected to cause moderate flooding and make roads impassable in low-lying areas of downtown.
Officer Michael Levy, an Ocean City police spokesman, said Wednesday night that the town had experienced "some minor flooding, nothing unusual."
Temperatures were forecast to reach the mid-30s in the Baltimore area overnight, making some snow possible if the storm's moisture extended far enough, but an uptick in temperatures was forecast for after the storm blows through. Highs are forecast in the mid-50s Thursday and Friday and in the lower 60s Saturday through Monday.
Normal highs for early November in Baltimore are around 60, with lows in the upper 30s. Average temperatures for each of the past 21 months have measured above normal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The storm hit other areas that are still recovering from Sandy. New York and New Jersey evacuated the most vulnerable coastal areas ahead of the nor'easter, and thousands of new power outages along the East Coast were already reported by Wednesday afternoon.
Snowflakes or a mix of rain and snow fell on parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, causing airport delays.
At BWI, spokesman Jonathan Dean said the storm did affect some flights Wednesday, but not many.
"Mother Nature is having it out with airline schedules across the Northeast again today, but the impact at BWI is minor," Dean said. "It's mainly to cities in the northeast like New York and Philadelphia. Obviously, the weather locally has not been an issue today."
The airport also expected flights bound for more northern cities to land at its terminals.
Reuters and Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this article.
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