Topper's Blog: Palm Sunday Snow Storm,1942 Blizzard,March snow storms

10:11 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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Palm Sunday Snow

We'll still be breezy and cool today with highs back around fifty. Easter weekend will be milder with seasonable temperatures by Easter Sunday. We had two to six inches of snow Monday but that storm pales in comparison to the 'Palm Sunday Snow Storm'. On this date in 1942 'The Big Palm Sunday Snow" hit the Metro Area. Ten to eighteen inches fell across our area. That would be a big snow in the dead of winter but imagine late March with all the plows put away for the winter. The snow fell Saturday night the 29th into the early morning hours of the 30th. This is still Downtown's biggest March snow with twelve inches, but a foot and a half fell in the northern and western suburbs. (The blizzard of '93 left six and a half inches at National.) Hagerstown recorded twenty two inches in twenty four hours. Baltimore was also buried under twenty two inches of snow ! After our winter this year a storm like that would make it a real winter. Oh well. It's hard to imagine receiving seventy five percent of our average seasonal snowfall at the end of March but I'd take it.

 

Records in March range from ninety three degrees to four above. March is famous for big twenty four hour temperature swings. On this date in 1921 the temperature Downtown fell from a summer-like eighty two by noon on the twenty eighth to a winter-like twenty six degrees by the early morning of the twenty ninth.