Chances rise for showers Thurs. night
It's not much, but it's the region's best shot at some moisture, pretty much through the middle of next week.
Forecasters out at Sterling, Va. have upped the chances for showers and thunderstorms Thursday night to 40 percent. The hope lies with a low-pressure system that's expected to move into the Great Lakes. That's going to draw moisture up from the southwest with a warm front, increasing our clouds during the day Thursday.
The best chance for showers will start in the northern tier of Maryland counties in the afternoon. A few thunderstorms are possible in the mix. The better chance for the rest of the state comes overnight Thursday into Friday, as the low moves from the Great Lakes into New England, dragging a cold front across our region.
And that's about it for us. Sterling is predicting less than a tenth of an inch for most, more for those lucky enough to fall under a thunderstorm.
From there on it will look pretty much like today - sunny and pleasant, near 80 degrees if the forecast is correct. It's gorgeous weather, unless you're a soybean plant, a lawn or a potted tomato ... or a dairyman struggling to keep your livestock fed.
The long-term forecast shows the dry weather continuing for at least the next two weeks. The blue zones on the map show where below-normal precipitation is expected.