WEATHER BLOG: Unsettled

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The regional radar is showing a few pockets of heavy rain occurring in the Delmarva Region early Thursday, which could cause some minor flooding issues.

Luckily, these are far enough to the north and east of Baltimore that they won’t pose any headaches for most of us during the morning drive time.

Temperatures later Thursday will be in the middle and upper 70s because there should also be a few intervals of sunshine.

But, of course, since we’re still in very close proximity to an upper level low pressure system that is still drifting across the mid-Atlantic states early Thursday, any sunshine that comes out for a while will only manage to create more instability in the atmosphere. Therefore, we should also be talking about the potential for some locally heavy rainfall this afternoon, too.

Once most of the showers and thunderstorms quiet down by early Thursday night, we’ll be left with some clouds and perhaps fog will form once again.

Low temperatures, for the most part, will be close to 60.

If there’s a day out of the next four that will be the least active as far as showers and thunderstorms are concerned, it’ll be Friday. Actually, as we have been pointing out since the week began, with a southwesterly flow of air kicking in Friday, temperatures should soar to their highest levels of the entire week too.

It’ll reach the lower 80s in most places, except in places right near the Bay and along the Eastern Shore.

As the weekend approaches, there are still some forecasting challenges that need to be addressed and hopefully mastered.

The bone of contention for much of the Eastern Seaboard is still the next cold front, which is going to be moving rather slowly Friday night and Saturday.  It’ll be capable of producing a significant amount of rain as it reaches the I-95 corridor, but there can also be lengthy stretches of time on both Friday night and Saturday that are rain-free.

With the global models showing differing timing of this front, as well as the weather associated with it, we’re now confronted with possible scenarios that range from Saturday being a day almost as warm as Friday with a few intervals of sunshine (and high temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80) to there being considerable clouds, multiple showers and temperatures no higher than 70 or 72.

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