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It snowed most of yesterday, but with limited accumulations.  Today we will have isolated snow showers before 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 33 degrees. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 25.

Here’s a photo of my front yard yesterday afternoon:

mike front yard 11-17-20

A Dusting

Speaking of the weather, Garrett County now has weather forecasts, advisories, and alerts handled by a different National Weather Service (NWS) office beginning yesterday, November 17th. Garrett County will move from the NWS Pittsburgh Weather Forecast Office to the NWS Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office in Sterling, VA. This change means that NWS Baltimore/Washington will now handle NWS forecasts and warnings for all Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake. Here’s more details.

Yesterday, the governor announced that, effective this Friday at 5:00 pm, all retail businesses and religious institutions statewide will revert back to the Stage Two 50% capacity restrictions. The 50% capacity limitation includes all retail, religious, personal services, indoor recreation facilities including social & fraternal clubs (VFW, Legions, etc.), any place that serves food and alcohol, fitness centers, indoor gaming facilities, indoor theaters (50% or 100 persons) and outdoor theaters (50% or 250 persons). Also effective 5:00 pm on Friday, all bars, restaurants, and facilities in Maryland where food and/or alcohol are served will be required to close by 10 pm. Takeout and delivery services are encouraged to continue, but in-person dining operations will not be permitted between 10 pm and 6 am. You can read the Governor’s amended order at https://t.co/vlbgCzvVDZ?amp=1 Thanks to the GC Chamber for this synopsis, which I edited down a bit.

For all you skiers and snowboarders out there, here’s a report on the expected ski season forecast across the country from AccuWeather.  It looks like a mixed-bag for the various regions according to this report.

Thinking about the holidays?  Well, personal finance site WalletHub just completed one of their studies that actually calculated planned holiday spending for a number of cities and towns and that also provides some additional national insight in this COVID-impacted world.  For example, merchants are still optimistic, and 54% believe holiday sales will increase “somewhat” or “significantly” compared to 2019, though they expect far more of those sales to be online than usual.

That’s all for today folks.  Stay warm and safe and have a good “hump-day” today and enjoy the downside slope of the hump the rest of the week…