WEATHER BLOG: Showers Expected Around Md. On Saturday

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Bernadette Woods

A weakening front is moving across Maryland Friday night. Showers and thunderstorms are scattered along this front and very slowly spreading to the east. Since this front is weakening, it will continue to slow down, keeping areas of showers and thunderstorms around through Saturday morning.

What you see tomorrow will really depend on where you are. Western Maryland will see a lot more sunshine with almost autumn like temperatures, while morning showers will slowly move away for Baltimore and its surrounding counties, and the Eastern Shore will see showers and thunderstorms possible through the day.

That front will move away for Sunday, giving us a brief break before another front moves our way Monday. Some rain and thunderstorms are possible with the next front. That second front will try to move away Tuesday, but we may still have a few showers or thunderstorms popping up before it does.

A cool air mass is moving our way, starting Saturday. Highs will run below the average of 85 degrees right into the beginning of next week. Overnight lows will also drop down to the upper 50s Saturday night/Sunday morning.

In the tropics, Gordon is still racing off to the east as a strong tropical storm with winds of 65 mph. Gordon may become a hurricane (winds 74 mph) briefly. This storm is not going to be a threat at all to the United States nor the Caribbean. In fact, it’s way out in the middle Atlantic and moving toward the Canary Islands and Portugal.

Closer to home, tropical storm Helene has formed in the southern Gulf. It is moving off to the northwest at 7 mph with winds of 45 mph. Helene will make landfall on the east coast of Mexico.

There is another tropical wave moving off the African coast that may develop not only into a tropical storm, but a hurricane. Isaac is the next name on the list.

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