Rainy day Thursday; sunny, cold for weekend
Low pressure approaching from the west, and a coastal storm off the Carolinas will combine to bring us a rainy day Thursday in Maryland. Once the bad weather moves off, Saturday and Sunday should clear off, but with below-average temperatures and a cold northwest wind for Sunday's Ravens game.
We should begin to see our blue skies fade to gray late today as clouds thicken. The rain is forecast to move in overnight, spreading across the state from the south and west by midnight. The folks in Sterling are predicting up to a quarter inch by morning, and another quarter- to a half-inch during the day Thursday, and a bit more before it ends Thursday evening along the I-95 corridor.
Behind the storm the air will be colder, with Saturday's high struggling to reach 50 degrees. Showers and snow showers may accompany the northwest winds in the western counties late Friday, with "minor" accumulations.
The weekend should see the skies clear, especially east of the mountains. But temperatures will stay cool, and stiff northwest winds will make it seem colder. The average highs for BWI-Marshall at this time of year are around 60 degrees. But Baltimore will be stuck near 50 degrees this weekend. We won't get back to "normal" until the new workweek begins.
Going to the Ravens game Sunday? Dress for 50 degrees and windy. Staying home? Great day for sitting by the fire with the newspaper.
(SUN PHOTO: Jed Kirschbaum, 2010)