Enjoy the sunshine and mild air Wednesday, because we have big changes on the way.

There is a big storm brewing over the middle of the country right now. It is still strengthening, and will produce everything from a blizzard around the Lakes to severe weather across the South. For us, clouds will take over Thursday and the rain will arrive later. Rain will continue through Friday morning before moving off to the northeast. However, this storm is going to change up our whole weather pattern.

Winds will increase Friday to 20-30 mph with gusts closer to 40 mph. This wind will bring much colder air down into the Mid-Atlantic, while also kicking off a major lake-effect snow event. Garrett County already has a winter storm watch posted, and some snow flurries might make it all the way down to the Bay both later Friday and again on Saturday. Otherwise, highs will drop back to the low 40s with a wind chill in the low 30s.

The winds will lessen Sunday, with more sunshine returning. Then, our attention turns to Christmas week. The models have been hinting at there being a storm running across the country Monday through Wednesday. The timing and placement have been all over the place. The lesson here is that there is the chance for some storm to disrupt Christmas travel again early next week, and it may have an effect on us.

One solution we have seen is a smaller storm breaking out and moving east Monday. If that’s the case, it won’t have time to really organize and draw the serious cold air into it – so it would be showers for us, maybe even mixed with something wintry. Another solution has a larger storm digging across the south Monday into Tuesday. If that happens, there are still even more solutions on where it could go – one taking it up through the Great Lakes again and another keeping it south of us the whole time, and another cutting it a little closer to the Mid-Atlantic. Of course, this also means a variety of weather possibilities for us. Needless to say, check back in with us the next few days for the latest.


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