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Chesapeake Bay weather for February 14: sunny & cold; snow showers late tonight

National Weather Service forecast map
National Weather Service forecast map
Map courtesy National Weather Service

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

Today: Becoming mostly sunny with a high in the upper 30s.

Tonight: Increasing clouds with light snow or snow showers late. Up to one inch of accumulation. Low around 27.

Saturday: Morning snow showers. Up to 1 inch of accumulation. High near 33.

Saturday Night: Clear and cold with a low around 15.

The extended forecast calls for sunny but cold conditions on Sunday with a low around 15 and a high near 32. Mostly sunny on Monday with a low around 15 and a high near 38. Clouds and sun on Tuesday with a low around 28 and a high near 45.

We are waking up today to fresh snowfall from last night's upper-level system that moved through the region and deposited an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow. Areas to the north and west of Baltimore and Washington have reported snowfall totals closer to two feet! The fact that the low moved closer to Norfolk VA than Cape Hatteras NC made all the difference in where the heaviest snow fell. Now that the storm system is moving away from the coast, high pressure will build in briefly and result in a mostly sunny sky today with highs in the upper 30s. A potent area of low pressure will move across the region late tonight and into Saturday morning. This low will not contain a great deal of moisture, but an inch or two of snow is possible before ending. Following this system, cold high pressure builds over the Middle Atlantic states with sunshine on Sunday. After morning lows in the mid 10s, highs will struggle to break above the freezing point on Sunday. A milder weather pattern is expected to develop next week. Monday will be cold with lows in the 10s and highs in the 30s, but daytime highs in the 40s to near 50 are anticipated for the middle and latter portion of next week. There may be a few rain or snow showers on Monday night into Tuesday morning, but otherwise fair weather is expected.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. this afternoon. Winds on Friday will come out of the southwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 25 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Friday night will come out of the northeast around 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Saturday will come out of the northwest at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 30 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Visibility may be reduced early in snow and fog. Boaters should prepare for icy conditions on the bay. 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 February 14 is 45 degrees and the average low is 26 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 1990 and 18 degrees in 1916. Today's sunrise will occur at 6:59 and the sunset will occur at 5:42. 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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