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Maryland Weather: Calm & Clear, But Severe Storms Possible Thursday

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- After a cloudy start to our Wednesday, we're looking at clearing skies this afternoon.

Temperatures will climb up into the mid 50s, a pleasant change from some of the cooler weather we've had lately.

The day will be noticeably calmer and less windy compared to the past couple days.

We have declared Thursday an Alert Day for the entire state of Maryland due to the potential for severe storms.

Temperatures will get into the mid 70s as our next front moves in.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed Maryland under a "slight risk" for severe storms on Thursday.

That means damaging winds, strong downpours and a chance for isolated tornadic activities is possible from 2-8 p.m.

A strong area of low pressure is moving in from the Mississippi River Valley to the Great Lakes through Thursday.

A warm front associated with the low will lift northward through early Thursday, then a strong cold front will cross the region from west to east Thursday night.

High pressure is expected to return Friday into Saturday before another area of low pressure moves up and off the coast Sunday.

High pressure likely makes a return to start next week.

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