By Meg McNamara

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Clouds and more clouds. That’s what we’re dealing with this Thursday.

Gray skies will keep temperatures from nudging must past 70 degrees.

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There is a small chance for a few spotty sprinkles this afternoon, but most of us will stay dry.

That will not be the case on Friday when a strong front will trigger rain and thunderstorms.

With most of Maryland facing a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, the First Alert Weather team has declared Friday an Alert Day.

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Heavy downpours, damaging winds and hail are all possible as a front tracks through our region.

The timing is something we’re watching closely. 

So far, it looks storms move through western Maryland between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and central Maryland between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday with a chance for a stray afternoon thunderstorm.

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The rest of our holiday weekend looks bright and very warm with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 80s on Sunday and Memorial Day.