A quick hit of thick, wet snowflakes mixed with rain dusted the Baltimore area with another light snow -- 2 inches at the most -- as snow lovers continue waiting for the region's first significant winter storm in at least two years.
That 2 inches of snow was measured near
Further south, accumulation was more rare. At
Six days so far this winter, more than a trace of snow has been measured at BWI. All but one of those days, an inch or less fell:
- 1 inch Dec. 26;
- 0.4 inches Dec. 29;
- 2 inches Jan. 24;
- 0.9 inches Jan. 25;
- 0.3 inches Feb. 2.
Unless a major storm arrives before the end of the season, it will mean a third straight winter of below-normal snowfall at BWI. That includes every winter since the historic 2009-2010 winter of "Snowmageddon", when 77 inches of snow fell.
The chances of adding significantly to the snow total this weekend are slim, despite earlier forecasts that a coastal storm could develop and move through the Northeast. Rain showers are expected late Friday, turning into a wintry mix and/or light snow early Saturday, but the total moisture was expected to be scant.
Jan. 26, 2011, was the last time Baltimore saw snowfall of more than 2 inches, when 7.6 inches of snow was measured at BWI.
Each of the past seven winters except for that one snowy exception has seen snowfall below the norm of 18-20 inches. The average snowfall dating back to 1883 in Baltimore is nearly 22 inches; the average for the past 20 years is just shy of 21 inches.