Colder temperatures projected for Maryland later in winter

The Washington Post

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — While many burrowed indoors the third week of November as extreme record-breaking cold impinged upon life across the Mid-Atlantic, the snow machines at Wisp Ski Resort were busy whirring and churning out a base layer of snow for the upcoming winter.

The third week of November is the earliest the ski resort has started making snow in the past five years, said Lori Zaloga, director of marketing for Wisp, in McHenry, Maryland.

Climate scientists are pretty sure of one thing: This winter, the weather could vary. A lot.

The slight snowfall that glided over most of Maryland and portions of northern Virginia late Tuesday into Wednesday morning was a prime example.

The strong cold front that enabled the changeover from rain to snow was the result of an amplified, S-shaped jet stream that dipped through the eastern U.S., said Stephen Baxter, winter weather lead at the national Climate Prediction Center.

While this swing in weather from mild to frosty was predicted by one type of model through the Christmas holiday, another model indicates milder weather from now until Santa hitches up the sleigh.

There is the chance for another wintry mix on Monday, although once again the varying temperatures make it hard to say whether the region will receive freezing rain, sleet, or snow from the holiday grab bag of precipitation.

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Winter adventures in Maryland's mountains

14th November 2011

For a festive holiday that will take your breath away, a trip to the ‘Mountain Side of Maryland’ may be just the ticket. Rollercoaster through mountains, sledge with beautiful huskies, snowmobile across snow-capped terrain, or enjoy the stunning views from a private lakeside cabin there is something for everyone.

Maryland’s western region boasts plenty of outdoor activities, panoramic views and the historic and charming mountain towns of Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville, Hagerstown, Oakland and Sharpsburg. The perfect place to recharge for the New Year, Deep Creek Lake boasts stunning views and activities including ice fishing, skiing, snowtubing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice skating. With a variety of lodges, cabins and chalets around the lake this is the perfect retreat for couples families and large groups.

The Mountain Coaster at Maryland’s Wisp Resort is the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is a real adrenaline rush and combines breathtaking views from the top of Wisp Mountain with the thrill of a rollercoaster ride. You’ll dip, roll and twist through 350 vertical feet of stunning mountain and forest landscape, reaching speeds up of to 26mhp. A perfect alterative way to take in the views you can even slow the speed of the cart with individual braking systems.

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