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Chesapeake Bay weather for February 24: mostly sunny, breezy, chilly

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

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy, and seasonably chilly with a high in the mid 40s.

Tonight: Mostly clear with a low in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Tuesday: Morning sunshine giving way to afternoon clouds. The high will be near 40.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. The low will be near 30.

Wednesday: A chance of morning snow showers, then clearing. The high will be near 40.

The extended forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions on Thursday and Friday with lows in the upper 20s and highs in the upper 30s. Clouds and sun on Saturday with a chance of rain or snow showers. The low will be in the upper 20s and the high will be near 40. Clouds and sun on Sunday with a chance of rain or snow showers. the low will be in the lower 30s and the high will be in the upper 30s.

High pressure will move from southern Canada into the Ohio Valley today and provide the Middle Atlantic states with breezy, sunny, and seasonably cool conditions. There may be a few fair-weather clouds from time to time, otherwise we can expect a mostly sunny sky through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 40s, but occasional gusts of wind will make it feel cooler. Winds will diminish overnight with the mercury dipping into the upper 20s by Tuesday morning. Tuesday will begin with plenty of sunshine, but clouds will gradually overspread the area due to an upper-level disturbance swinging through the region and a weak area of low pressure developing near the North Carolina coast. This low may spread light precipitation into central and southern Maryland as well as eastern Virginia on Wednesday morning. The temperature profile will be cold enough to support all snow in this area, but snowfall amounts look to be rather light in the Annapolis area. Once the low moves off to the northeast, the sky will clear on Wednesday afternoon. Sunshine and cool temperatures return for Thursday and Friday with lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s. Average daytime highs for this time of year is in the upper 40s, so these readings are below where they should be this time of year. The upcoming weekend looks unsettled depending on the development of a potential storm system to our south. For now, we can expect clouds and sun on Saturday and Sunday with a slight chance of rain or snow showers.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect until midnight tonight. Winds this afternoon will come out of the northwest at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 25 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds tonight will come out of the northwest at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 25 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Tuesday will come out of the west at 10 knots with waves around one foot. A slight chance of snow flurries late in the day. Winds on Tuesday night will come out of the west at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. 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 24 is 47 degrees and the average low is 28 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 79 degrees in 1985 and 2 degrees in 1873. Today's sunrise will occur at 6:46 and the sunset will occur at 5:53. 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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