By Meg McNamara

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The WJZ First Alert Weather Team has declared today an Alert Day due to the potential for severe weather that could affect your afternoon commute.

A strong cold front will move through this afternoon and evening, bringing the possibility for severe storms.

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The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Maryland under a slight risk for severe storms. This means numerous severe storms are possible.

Southern portions of Maryland are under a marginal risk for severe weather, indicating isolated severe storms.

Today will likely feature record-breaking warmth, with highs in the low 80s.

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Baltimore is headed for 81 degrees, meaning we’ll like cruise past the previous record of 76 degrees set back in 1974.

Then a cold front will come crashing in and the collision of the cold and warm air masses will trigger strong storms.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 11:00 a.m. today through 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Expect a blustery southwest wind to shift northwest in the wake of a cold front. Gusts up to 50 MPH are possible.

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Western Maryland could see severe storms by the early afternoon with the Baltimore Area seeing this active weather by the late afternoon into the evening.