Winter Storm Draco Exits The Stage
Cold air spiraling into the back side of intense winter storm Draco has filtered into our region. Draco is the very intense, large mid-latitude cyclone that brought heavy snow and a blizzard to the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valleys. Its tight pressure gradient is sustaining wind gusts in the 30-40 mph range across our region today. Below is a snapshot of this impressive storm from this afternoon:
|Surface Map Courtesy of WeatherBell|
Max values on this map are around 50 mph. I do not anticipate widespread power outages from this event - any outages will likely be spotty. With sundown, the wind machine dies down and conditions turn calmer.
Next Storm: Getting Clipped On Christmas Eve
Next up in our parade of storms comes a weak area of low pressure, passing to the south of Baltimore, on Christmas Eve. It does not have strong upper-atmospheric support and will be relatively starved for moisture. Look for a brief period of light rain, possibly with a little wintry mix to the west and north of Baltimore:
Post Christmas: A More Potent Storm Sets Up
Storm #3 will originate in the Tennessee Valley and track up the Appalachians. This track generally places our region on the warm (rainy) side. This storm will have a much greater tap on Gulf and Atlantic moisture, so precipitation amounts will be heavier. HOWEVER: The computer models are suggesting that this system will develop a "secondary" low along the NC/VA coast - a classic breeding ground this time of year for Nor'easters.