Since Thursday, we have averaged 36.4 degrees for our high temperature. The normal for this time of year is 41 degrees, and today we soared to 59 degrees! We thought the warmer air would get here Monday. In a sense, it did. It was the strong push of warm air over the ice and snow covered frozen ground that created the thick fog. In western Maryland and in parts of the Eastern Shore where the fog did start to mix out, temperatures started jumping Monday. The rest of us had to wait until Tuesday. And did it ever arrive.
Temperatures will take a hit Thursday but we will remain above average into the weekend. We will have sunshine again Thursday with highs in the upper 40s. Then clouds will come in Thursday night as the next storm arrives. It may start briefly as a mix, but this is really going to be a rain event Thursday through Friday. Highs will be in the mid 40s Thursday and then top out near 50 Friday as the storm gets out of here.
Another storm will move our way this weekend. There is a chance that it could pull enough cold air into it for some wintry weather to mix with the rain – but that’s something we will watch closely for you this week. Even if the cold air doesn’t get here in time for the storm, it will overspread the state as the storm departs Sunday. Highs will only be in the 30s.