A wild and windy morning
That's about as busy a forecast map as I've ever seen coming out of Sterling. The region continues to be buffeted by rain and wind as a strong cold front approaches from the west.
Here's the rundown for BWI as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday:
Coastal Flood Warning until 3 p.m.: Southeast winds at 25 to 35 mph are holding water in the bay, producing high tides about 2 feet above normal (red line on chart at right). Once the front passes this afternoon, wind will shift to the northwest and the water levels will drop.
Tornado Watch extended until noon: Covers seven Maryland counties, includingAnne Arundel, Prince George's Baltimore, Harford, Calvert, Chalres, St. Mary's and Baltimore City.
Special Weather Statement: Strong thunderstorms were noted south of Baltimore just before 10 a.m.
Flash Flood Watch until 1 p.m.: Covers Central Maryland. One to two inches of rain could put small streams and creeks out of their banks.
Wind Advisory until 11 a.m.: For Central and Southern Maryland, with southeasterly gusts to 45 or 50 mph.
UPDATE: At 11 a.m. it appears the front has passed. The temperature here at The Sun's weather station has dropped from 63 degrees at 9 a.m. to 51 at 10 a.m. and 48 degrees just before 11. The wind has shifted to the NW, and the barometer (below) also has turned around, rising now from a low of 29.54 inches at 9:40 a.m.
The Sun's weather station has recorded 0.81 inch of rain overnight. But the top honors go to Cumberland, with 2.62 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Here's more from the CoCoRaHS Network.
And if you're looking for snow, head for Western Maryland. Here's the view on Keyser's Ridge. And here's the forecast for Oakland, in Garrett County. (Did you know there are five Oaklands in Maryland?)
(SUN PHOTO: Frank Roylance)