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Despite the slower arrival, the storm largely played out as expected. Accumulating snow fell from about 8am to about 8pm and when all was said and done, totals were about what was expected.
The biggest difference between my forecast and the actual results was the second maximum north and west of I-95. I believe this was a result of the drier/fluffier nature of the snow combined with the higher elevation. There was a bit less snowfall than expected across southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, and this too was due to the slightly warmer/drier air and delayed onset.
Fortunately, the delayed start and warmer temperatures kept roads and sidewalks mainly wet and minimized any travel troubles.
Overall, this was a fairly impressive December system for our area (and more so to our south). All three major airports broke their daily snowfall records, with 2.0″ at DCA, 2.8″ at BWI and 4.0″ at Dulles. I measured 3.5″ here in Millersville, which was the perfect consistency for me and my family to build a snowman this morning:
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