BALTIMORE-- A cold front will move through the area this evening bringing an end to the rainfall, strong wind gusts and MUCH colder temperatures in its wake for a brief period.
Areas of rain will continue across the region from now until just after sunset. The rain may be moderate to heavy at times and will make the evening commute at slow and sloppy. Allow some extra time to get to your destination as a result of poor visibility.
The ALERT DAY that has been issued is mainly for inconveniences caused by locally heavy rain and gusty winds that could impact the evening commute.
A WIND ADVISORY has been issued for most of Maryland, especially for later this afternoon through tonight. Sustained southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected ahead of the front, shifting to the northwest and gusting over 40 mph in its wake. Temperatures will see a sharp decline following the cold front, with a 30-degree drop from Thursday afternoon's highs to Thursday morning's lows.
The system is expected to move out of the area just after sunset, with skies clearing overnight. Thursday morning will feel significantly colder, with "feels like" temperatures dropping into the lower 20s and actual temperatures near 30 degrees. Thursday promises plenty of sunshine, with highs in the 40s. Winds will be lighter by Thursday afternoon.
Temperatures will quickly rebound by Friday, with highs nearing 50 under a mostly cloudy sky and a chance for some late-day showers. Scattered showers may continue into the weekend, with the best chances occurring on Saturday. High temperatures will return to near 60 on Saturday and into the low 60s on Sunday.
The mild weather is expected to persist into next week, with shower chances continuing from Monday through Wednesday. High temperatures will range from the upper 50s to lower 60s under a mostly cloudy sky, with lows in the 40s.
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