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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Wisp had the snow guns running this weekend!!
Friday looks like the only normal December day! #whereisthesnow
The ice on Deep Creek Lake is finally GONE! Just another sign that Spring has to be here soon!
Throw Back Thursday! This photo is incredible~ Record historical snowdrift that had to be cut out so cars could pass through!
This was taken near Deer Park in 1936! (Picture is part of the collection from the Western Maryland Historical Library)
The weather man is predicting a possible 2-6 inches of snow today!
Nearby ski resorts have been open since just after Thanksgiving, but a lot of the excitement tends to start after the first significant snowfall of the winter, according to Lori Epp, director of marketing with Wisp Resort in McHenry.
Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
HAGERSTOWN, Md. A snowfall of up to 7 inches across central and western Maryland is making travel difficult on the day before Thanksgiving.
Police reported minor accidents on slippery roads Wednesday in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.
The National Weather Service says 7 inches of snow were reported near Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County. Other snowfall amounts included 3 inches in the Harford County community of Jarrettsville and 2.5 in Carroll County near Manchester.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our area beginning tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. Six or more inches of snow are possible. Be careful if you are traveling tomorrow.
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A storm riding a blast of cold air will continue to unleash heavy snow on the central and southern Appalachians Saturday and will turn toward part of New England Saturday night and Sunday.
Heavy wet snow and falling trees could block some roads in parts of the Appalachians.
Even in the absence of heavy snow for the major cities, including along the I-95 corridor, gusty winds can lead to travel problems for a time. Flight delays are possible in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
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