Time really does fly by and so do the wild weather swings of the last week. Just think on Wednesday (March 6th) we had high temperatures barely cracking 32 degrees, snow this past Friday (March 8th), and now 60 degree temperatures this upcoming Sunday (March 10th). On the weekend that marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time we not only "Spring Forward" one hour on the clocks but literally get a taste of "Spring" for much of next week.
The next 7 days will feature temperatures at or slightly above average for this time of year. Several of those days including this upcoming Sunday feature high temperatures right around 60 degrees.
A powerful area of low pressure in the Mid-South is responsible for ushering in Spring a little early at least for the near term. This same storm system looks to impact over 14 million people with some sort of severe weather over the next 12-24 hours ahead. If you have family and friends in these areas please notify them to have a safe way to get weather alerts today.
For us here in Central Maryland we look to see heavy rain during the overnight hours. Most of this rain will arrive after 9-10pm and carry us through 8-9am Sunday (March 10th). Rainfall amounts will be on the order of 0.5"-1" with localized heavier pockets. Rain should dissipate by mid Sunday morning leaving low level clouds locked in through lunch.
Gusty southwesterly breezes upwards of 20 mph take over Sunday afternoon bringing back some sunshine and high temperatures toppling 60 degrees. Mild temperatures and gradually clearing skies should make for decent conditions in both Baltimore and Annapolis as St. Patrick's Day parades will be underway.
Monday looks even better with more sunshine and breezy conditions as high temperature stick close to 60 degrees. High pressure remains in control through Wednesday with a brief cool-down midweek.
The next warm-up and chance for rain arrive late Thursday into Friday. Long range 8-14 day outlooks do show a return of the cold but relatively drier conditions for the first day of Spring (March 20th).