Decent Snow Storm After A Mediocre Winter

I woke up about 3:30 to go to the bathroom and took my thyroid pill. While I was up, I glanced at my weather station’s console. At that time, the temperature was still in the mid 40s. Well above freezing. It was hard to believe that we were going to have a decent snowfall here in the middle of March after such a mild night, but the dynamics were there.

I woke up and got up about 6:00 am. It was still in the upper 30s and raining. As the sun came up, and it brightened outside, the arctic cold front moved through, and the temperature began crashing. By about 7:00 AM it had switched to mostly if not all wet snow with massive flakes and the temperature was down into the lower 30s. The snow became heavy and quickly started accumulating. Even the roads were getting covered,

This is a picture of about three inches of fresh snow accumulated on a patio table. There's also varying amounts of snow on the ground and other surfaces..

About Three Inches Of Snow On The Patio Table

About 3 inches of snow on our patio table after some compaction and melting from the strong sun.

After this picture was taken, a heavy band moved through, leaving another inch or two of snow and dropping the temperature another 4 degrees to 24.1 ° F. It’s impossible to estimate how much that brought because that had a lot of blowing snow with it as the winds picked up. Even the power went off for a second. That last band had snow blowing as much as it was falling heavily, at times it was getting close to whiteout here even in town.

It’s not surprising that 283 is shut down due to accidents. They probably did have whiteouts there, and it’s a known fact that people cannot drive for shit even in good weather.

I would say that II eyeballed maybe 4 to 5 inches of snow here in Mount Joy. With so much of the snow blowing around. It’s impossible to really get an accurate guess because of drifting, and it’s blowing from the roof and trees. It’s beautiful snow sticking to everything. The tree trunks are white with snow on the northwest sides from the blowing and the fact that the wood is probably now above freezing from the recent warm days and fairly strong sunshine. We get as much solar radiation today as we did at the end of September.