Brian’s exclusive forecast for Baltimore, Washington DC, and Annapolis:
Today: Mostly sunny this morning with more clouds this afternoon. Scattered snow flurries can be expected. Windy and cold with a high from 15 to 20. NW wind 10 to 20 with gusts over 30.
Tonight: Windy and very cold with a low from 0 to 5 above. Wind chill values as low as -20. NW winds 10 to 20 with gusts over 30.
Friday: Sunny, but breezy and cold with a high around 15.
Yet another surge of arctic air has moved over the Middle Atlantic states from the northwest. The front passed through the region last night with some moderate to heavy snow showers. Accumulations only ranged from a dusting to a quarter inch due to the quick-moving front. The air behind the front continues to push through the Baltimore/Washington area with temperatures around 10 this morning. Winds gusting over 30 miles per hour will send wind chill values below zero at times throughout the day. Later this afternoon, a few clouds may produce some snow flurries, otherwise the day will be mostly sunny. Highs this afternoon will reach the upper 10s to perhaps 20 degrees. Friday morning will begin with near record-breaking cold as lows drop to near zero across the area. During the day on Friday, despite ample sunshine, thermometer readings will only climb into the mid and upper 10s. Readings will fall back into the single digits by Saturday morning. Looking ahead, an area of low pressure will approach the Middle Atlantic states from the southwest on Saturday afternoon and evening. Typically, systems that move to our west bring in warm air aloft and change precipitation over to a mix and then to rain fairly quickly; however, the nature of this deep arctic air over the region will make it more difficult for this transition to occur. Therefore, a period of snow is expected in Baltimore and Washington (perhaps a few inches) before the transition to sleet, freezing rain, and then rain by Sunday morning. Some of the records in Baltimore that are in jeopardy of being tied or broken include the following:
February 19: record low maximum of 19 degrees in 1903. The high on February 19 is expected to range from 15-20 degrees.
February 20: record low of 4 degrees in 1979. The low on February 20 is expected to be around zero.
February 20: record low maximum of 18 in 1896. The high on February 20 is expected to range from 15 to 20 degrees.
February 21: record low of 8 degrees in 1885. The low on February 21 is expected to be around zero.
Data courtesy National Weather Service at Baltimore/Washington.
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