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Chesapeake Bay weather for December 26: morning flurries followed by sunshine

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Brian's exclusive forecast for Baltimore, Annapolis, and northern Delmarva:

Today: Cloudy early with a few snow showers, then clearing. High 40.

Tonight: Variable cloudiness with a low in the upper 20s.

Friday: Clouds and sun with a high in the 40s.

Saturday: Clouds and sun with a high in the 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain showers. High around 50.

The extended outlook calls for a mostly sunny sky on Monday with lows around 35 and highs around 45. Mostly sunny on Tuesday with a low around 27 and a high around 35. Mostly sunny on Wednesday with a low around 25 and a high near 35.

An upper-level disturbance is producing snow showers across the northeast states this morning. One snow band has dropped into northern Maryland and a few snow flurries associated with this band may fall as far south as Annapolis. Temperatures last night did not get as cold due to the extensive cloud cover. Temperatures at 0930 are in the lower 30s in the Annapolis area. As the day progresses we can expect gradual clearing with a mostly sunny sky this afternoon. The mercury will rise into the lower 40s. On Friday and Saturday, an area of high pressure will move to our south and create a more southerly flow across the region. Consequently, temperatures will moderate into the 40s each day. Later in the weekend an area of low pressure in the southern states will move northeast toward the Mid-Atlantic region and produce widespread rain showers. As is typical this time of year, the exact track of the low will determine the precipitation's type and intensity; however, surface temperatures ahead of the system will be too warm to support frozen precipitation. Therefore, we can expect rain on Sunday that may change to a brief period of wet snow Sunday night into Monday morning as the low pulls away from the coast and colder air spills into the area. High pressure will become more dominant next week and will produce sunshine with seasonably cold temperatures through the end of the year.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect from this afternoon through this evening. Winds today will come out of the west at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 2 feet. Visibility may be reduced in snow showers north of Annapolis. Winds tonight will come out of the northwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from to 1 to 2 feet. Winds on Friday will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Friday night will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Saturday will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Marine information is provided as general guidance. Boaters should always stay tuned to the latest forecasts and advisories from the National Weather Service.

The average high temperature for December 26 is 43 degrees and the average low is 26 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 73 degrees 1918 and 1964, and 2 degrees in 1983. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:25 and the sunset will occur at 4:50. Weather data courtesy of the National Weather Service. For more weather updates, please visit my Chesapeake Bay Weather page on Facebook, and if you're heading to Ocean City feel free to check out my Ocean City MD Weather page on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @chesbayweather.

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