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 "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.
"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)