As we continue to exhale after feeling the hard-hitting effects of Sandy, the pattern for the next several days still brings below normal temperatures to the mid-Atlantic region, but really nothing in terms of substantial precipitation.
The regional radar is still showing some of the residual moisture west of the Appalachians getting lifted by the higher terrain, and there are some rain and snow showers occurring in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. However, with a west to southwest wind in Maryland, the air near the surface is relatively dry. Temperatures are running in the lower and middle 30s in and around Baltimore, so we really don’t think there will be any measurable shower activity Thursday.
Friday, even though a vigorous impulse of jet stream energy is expected to dive into the region from the north and west, there shouldn’t be much more than clouds across the region (and perhaps an isolated sprinkle here and there). Winds that will be out of the west should become more northwesterly by the start of the upcoming weekend. None of the gusts will exceed 20 or 25 miles per hour Friday or on Saturday.
Our focus early next week will be on a weak wave of low pressure that should be cutting to our south. This has a chance for providing us with a couple of rain showers during the Monday and Tuesday time periods. Have a good day!