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April 27, 2011

Rain risks increasing today, tomorrow

There were a few sprinkles on the windshield this morning, but we're likely to see more as the day - and night - progress. Forecasters out at Sterling are calling for isolated showers for Central Maryland this morning, increasing to a 30 percent chance after 4 p.m. The forecast includes a April showers"slight" risk of severe storms through tonight.

There's nothing on our rain gauge yet, and, with some luck, we'll get through the Schaefer funeral without everyone getting soaked.

The chance for showers and storms continues through the night. But the real show begins Thursday. The NWS is predicting showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Thursday, gusty winds  and as much as an inch of rain possible in some locations. The rain chances are put at 80 percent as the cold front that's been pummeling the Midwest and the Mississippi Valley finally moves through.

The worst of today's rain appears headed for Washington and Allegany counties in Western Maryland. Forecasters have posted a Flash Flood Watch for those counties, including Hagerstown, Frostburg.

"Thunderstorms capable of moderate to heavy rain will develop tonight and tomorow morning and move through areas with nearly saturated soils. These storms could lead to flash flooding," the weather service said.

There's sunshine and milder temperatures in store for us behind the front. The forecast looks sunny right through the weekend, with highs mostly in the 70s.

(SUN PHOTO: Doug Kapustin, 2001)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:24 AM | | Comments (0)
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This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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