Rain continues to move into the area while winds start to pick up. High temps today will sit steady in the mid to upper 50s to near 60 degrees in those areas that did see a little sun this morning.
We look to pick up about 1-2" of rain through the evening and overnight hours into early Wednesday morning. The rain may even be accompanied by some rumbles of thunder before ending late Wednesday evening as low pressure crosses overhead. If you are worried about any flooding concerns you have to go west into the mountains of Maryland and Potomac Highlands where 2-3"+ rainfall is expected.
Winds increase later today and continue throughout the day Wednesday. Gusts could easily top 20-30 mph creating the possibility of downed trees due to the damp soil below. Winds let up by Thursday with dry conditions and highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Speaking of rain we do need it. Abnormally dry conditions have shown up once again in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore prompting the elevated concerns of brush fires. This month alone has brought us nearly a deficit of 1" with only 9 days of measurable rain. Most of that rain came on the heels of a powerful cold front April 15th-16th where we picked up a 2 day total of 1.54" of rain. Our normal is right around 2.46" so we have a little ground to make up to get those May flowers looking gorgeous.
Rain exits by late Wednesday night with sunshine Thursday before more April showers Friday.The pattern remains active before the big flip into warmer and drier conditions for the first week of May.