The greatest threat Sandy poses to Maryland and the Baltimore area is damaging winds and to some extent flooding rainfall.
While Sandy will be at sea this weekend, a last-minute left hook scenario is becoming more likely.
How nasty wind and rain would be in the Charm City and nearby areas on the I-95 corridor will depend on where landfall occurs. A landfall in New England would have much less impact than a westward landfall across the Delmarva.
At this point it appears a doomsday track northwestward across southeastern Virginia is not so likely in terms of tidal concerns on the Chesapeake Bay and the Inner Harbor. The wind flow would not be right for such an event.
However, a westward path over the Delmarva would bring serious coastal flooding and wind damage to the beaches. The same path would bring locally heavy rain, flash and urban flooding potential on the western flank of the storm, in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pa., areas.
Even if Sandy cruises into New England, a period of strong west to northwest winds could develop over Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania as colder air rushes in, perhaps enough to cause downed tree limbs and power outages.
Ripple-effect flight delays could build Monday and Tuesday from the Midwest to the South caused by direct impact from Philadelphia northward to New York City and Boston.
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Following benign weather this weekend, a major storm will affect New York City, much of the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve.
Kansas City was shaken out of its usual routine early Thursday morning as commuters woke to nearly 5 inches of snow in some areas, marking the first substantial storm of the season.
A train of storms will continue to deliver rain to the Pacific Northwest with one particular storm this weekend likely to be the strongest of the bunch.
A major storm centered on Christmas Eve will affect the Midwest and East with areas of strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain and thunderstorms.
New Haven, CT (1779)
First big snowstorm of "Hard Winter" - 17" at New Haven.
New York City (1917)
Central Park: -1 degrees, earliest zero reading.
Southern Illinois (1957)
A tornado tracked across Jackson, Williamson and Franklin counties, killing 11 people.