Strong to Severe Thunderstorms & Heavy Mountain Snow

Wisp Ski Resort, Garrett County Maryland

The first full week of April will feature May-like temperatures followed by early March weather this weekend as the roller coaster continues with an active, amplified jet stream pattern across the eastern two-thirds of the Nation.

Showers and thunderstorm are likely Monday night with clearing conditions on Tuesday expected along with gusty winds.  

A strong cold front will cross the area Thursday afternoon with strong to severe thunderstorms possible.

Friday through the weekend will feature heavy, wet Snow across the ski resorts of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania where upwards of 6 to 8″ of fresh snow could accumulate in the higher elevations.

The image below (tropicaltidbits) shows a deep upper-level trough building across the Mid-Atlantic Friday through the upcoming weekend.  Heavy Snow is likely along the western facing slopes of the Appalachians Friday night into Saturday.  This could be a great weekend to get out and enjoy an early spring snowfall across our western ski resorts (Wisp & Snowshoe to name a few).

Temperatures at 850mb (5000 feet) will be well below freezing allowing snow to fall and accumulate across West Virginia and western Maryland:

Temperature Anomalies:

Temperatures at 5000 feet will be running some 12 degrees Celsius below average with surface temperatures Friday through the weekend likely holding in the 50s in DC and Baltimore.

Latest GFS showing potential Snowfall accumulation in our western mountains:

  • Those of you heading out to Garrett county, Maryland (Wisp Ski Resort) and Snowshoe West Virginia could see accumulations of 6 to 10″ by Saturday afternoon.



3 thoughts on “Strong to Severe Thunderstorms & Heavy Mountain Snow

  1. The high April sun angle would most likely fight off such a scenario, but a flurry couldn’t be ruled out sneaking into places like Hagerstown. Crazier things have happened.

  2. Coulld a few snow showers sneak across the mountains and give the DC area a last taste of winter?

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