Sunday storm could drop 1-2" of rain
The good news is that we will avoid the snow and ice headed for the Great Lakes and northern New England this weekend. But forecasters out at Sterling are giving us a 100 percent chance for heavy rain on Sunday as the next cold front pushes through.
Saturday may be deceptively pleasant as the weather gods wind up to deliver the Sunday deluge. High temperatures will climb to the upper 50s. Skies will be mostly cloudy, but that leaves open the possibility of some sunshine peeking through. So if you have outdoor cleanup plans this weekend, get out there on Saturday.
Light rain begins to move in to the region late on Saturday, with overnight lows only in the mid-40s. Low pressure moving along the cold front will begin to spin up on Sunday, and AccuWeather's Henry Margusity is hinting at some potentially severe weather with a squall line moving through eastern Virginia and North Carolina and the Lower Eastern Shore.
Here in Central Maryland, National Weather Service forecasters are calling for as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain Sunday as the cold front approaches, and more Sunday night. Watch the forecasts for Flood Watches. There are none up yet (except in Garrett County), just a Hazardous Weather Outlook for now. But that kind of rain could send streams and creeks out of their banks. If you're in a flood-prone location, keep an eye on the water.
Behind the cold front, there could be some rain and snow mixing briefly north and west of the cities, and snow in the western mountains. Most likely, though, we'll just get a cold and breezy night on Sunday. Next week gets sunny again, forecasters say, with seasonable highs and sunshine until the next potent cold front arrives at mid-week with more rain and bluster.