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Maryland Weather: Clouds arrive Thursday as remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole move toward Maryland

Meteorologist Abigail Degler has your Thursday afternoon forecast
Meteorologist Abigail Degler has your Thursday afternoon forecast 03:06

We will have a lot of clouds on Thursday, brought on by Tropical Storm Nicole, which made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane.

But we will stay dry until early Friday morning, then we will see remnants of Nicole spreading across Maryland into Saturday. The heaviest of that rain will be in Western Maryland.

We have a chilly start to your Thursday morning, with most areas in Maryland in the lower 40s. 

We will be near 67 degrees by the afternoon. It will be pretty mild Thursday evening as we dip into the mid-50s.

Temperatures will be in the low 70s on Friday despite rain in the forecast.

 WJZ's First Alert Weather Team has declared Friday an Alert Day. 

Tropical Storm Nicole was declared a Category 1 Hurricane on Wednesday and its remnants are expected to bring storms and high winds to Maryland.

By Friday afternoon, what's left of it will be in southern Virginia, rapidly headed our way. 

The Alert Day remains in place for Friday due to a threat for isolated small, brief tornadoes with storm cells Friday afternoon through Friday night, coastal flooding on the upper portion of the Bay, and wind gusts exceeding 40 mph at times Friday night. 

The storm will exit the area quickly by Saturday morning.

The heaviest rain from this system will occur in Western Maryland, where 2-3" could fall. We will see mainly up to an inch in Central Maryland with a spot or two seeing slightly more. 

First Alert Meteorologist Derek Beasley is not concerned about a flood threat given the latest track.

Winds will shift out of the west by Saturday morning, but the colder air will hold off until Sunday. Temps will not get out of the 40s on Sunday with a freeze likely Sunday night and again Monday night as colder air filters in. 

It will be the first widespread freeze of the season for the area. More rain is expected for the middle of next week, late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

We start off Thursday 

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