Quiet weather and above normal temperatures were the main story this week as high pressure brought back the sunshine and WSW winds. That southwesterly wind flow will continue to bring in above normal warmth to the Mid-Atlantic region, helping temperatures jump up into the 50s for both Thursday and Friday! (which is around 10° above average)
Now our eyes are focused on Friday and the weekend. Rain will return late Friday which will linger into Saturday afternoon. A few disturbances will be around the area Thursday morning, bringing back the extra cloud cover tonight... this will help temperatures remain slightly milder than last night, in the low-30s for many. These disturbances may generate a few sprinkles/flurries around western Maryland but significant rainfall/snowfall totals is not looking to be the case in this scenario. A stronger cold front will trail behind the two systems... bringing back shower chances across central Maryland Friday.
The cold front will move closer from the Midwest Friday morning, but most locations west and around I-95 should see rainfall by the evening hours. Maryland will not be the only place that gets in on precipitation from this system... but areas up and down the eastern seaboard have a shot of seeing showers as well! It is a bit too early to determine exact rainfall totals, but the European model is predicting anywhere from .10-.50 with higher amounts along the Eastern Shore. As showers linger late Friday night into Saturday, temperature profiles will range in the mid-30s so as of right now, the chance to see snow from this system is limited around central Maryland. Temperatures will be colder out in western Maryland and across higher terrain so those areas have the better shot of seeing some snow... making this an elevation event.
We will continue to bring you details as new data comes in! But for now... get the rain gear ready!