Rapid Melt Blizzard Snowfall is 65% Gone Already

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 01:18:33-05

With an even more significant warm-up in sight, BWI Airport reported a current snow depth this Thursday afternoon of just 10 inches.  That contrasts sharply with the record snow depth report of nearly 30 inches (29.2) on Saturday night at BWI, and represents a melt-off two-thirds, or 65% of the snow that fell inside of just 5 days.

Not to say a snowpack of 10 inches is insignificant, it certainly is, especially in a Mid-Atlantic state like Maryland, which despite the melting continues to dig out many streets and roads from what NOAA has just called the "4th worst snowstorm to hit the Northeast."

Additionally, the continued melting and refreezing of the remaining snowpack will still lead to icy patches on the roads and sidewalks across the Free State, and in particular the Baltimore region.

Moreover, a snow depth of more than just a few inches continues to have effects on temperature, where nighttime lows tend drop several degrees lower when occurring over a blanket of snow.

But all that aside, make no mistake, the relatively warm January weather we have experienced in the wake of the Blizzard of 2016, aka #Snowzilla, has made a serious dent in melting much of the record snowfall that fell over Maryland.  

As they say, "two-thirds down, one-third to go!"

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