It is chilly for much of Maryland, but just across the border in West Virginia’s top ski resort, Snowshoe Mountain wakes up under a blanket of white. Granted the resort is up at 4848 feet in elevation, but that helped to record an official 4 inches of snow this morning. See the photo slide show and video for proof and the happy residents.
It might seem a little early for ski season, but the early arrival of the chill actually allowed the engineers to fire up and test the snow guns. The conditons for this early snow has come from large, stalled upper level low that actually was stitting over the Great Lakes for a week (see satellite video here). In essence, this original system did move through, but was replaced by our current storm as it pulled down the first arctic blast from northern Canada and got stuck.
Before you dust off and wax your skis or snowboards, this snow like many first arrivals will be temporary. An additional few inches are possible in the high country, but will melt as we all return to sun and a warm up by the end of the week. Baltimore will struggle to reach the low 50s today, but will get back to a normal 70F by the end of the work week.
The leaves are just starting to turn color in parts of central Maryland. This chilly air will help speed up the process, but we are at least 2 weeks away from peak in northern Baltimore, Carroll, and Frederick counties. If you want to get in the mood, check out these past fall foliage slide show collections: