Minor Updates in NWS Maps for Early Friday Snow

by MCS Staff
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The National Weather Service has made some last minute updates and has put out new maps for the storm expected to arrive in a couple hours.

In the latest updates you’ll see the top third and bottom third of MoCo in the 3-4” range with central MoCo in the 2-3” range.

The reasonable worst case scenario map now shows a maximum of 5 inches for all of MoCo and the low end amount shows 2 inches.

MCPS has already announced a 2 hour delay with a reassessment by 5am. This means that if the snow that’s supposed to come early Friday morning seems to have caused hazardous conditions, a decision to close schools could be made.

A decision to go back to a full day is not something that could happen, so tomorrow will either remain a 2 hour delay or get changed to a closure.

Here are a few possibilities:

1. The storm comes in around midnight and drops 2-3 inches and is finished by around 5am.

2. The storm comes through a little faster than expected and drops a quick inch or two before moving out of the area by 4am.

3. The storm arrives and drops 3-5 inches, continuing to snow past 5am.

In my opinion, option 2 is the only one that could lead to the 2 hour delay call sticking as there are no guarantees the roads/sidewalks/parking lots can be cleared in time with the other options.

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