We are getting a brief break from the harsh cold, courtesy of the current storm, before the next round of Arctic air invades.
A very large and strong storm is just arriving tonight. It is drawing warmer air up ahead of it, so it’s mainly going to be a rain event for the Baltimore metro area to points south and east. However, it is battling some colder air in western Maryland. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 7 a.m. for Allegany and Washington counties for an icy mix of weather before changing to rain tomorrow. A winter storm watch is out for Garrett and a sliver of Allegany counties through the day tomorrow for an icy mix and snow.
The winds are also really going to pick up from the south during the day tomorrow, while the storm is going through. Then they will turn around to the northwest tomorrow evening after the front passes. That northwest wind is going to drive another round of very cold air our way for most of next week. Winds could gust to 40 mph Monday. Highs will only top out in the 30s Monday and may not make it out of the 20s Tuesday. Those winds will also make a lake-effect snow connection again, bringing in rounds of snow showers and flurries Monday. In western Maryland, there will be more accumulating snow in the mountains through Tuesday.
The cold air will linger through the week, while another much weaker storm could move our way Thursday. We will monitor the progress of that and keep you updated.