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Chesapeake Bay weather for February 25: morning snow showers

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

Today: Morning snow showers, then mostly cloudy. The high will be in the mid to upper 30s. Snow may accumulate up to 1/2 inch before ending.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low in the lower 30s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. The high will be in the upper 30s. Snow may accumulate up to 1 inch.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy early, then clearing with a low in the upper 20s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high in the upper 30s.

The extended forecast calls for mostly sunny but cold conditions on Friday with a low in the mid 20s and a high in the mid 30s. Clouds and sun on Saturday with a low in the low to mid 20s and a high in the mid to upper 30s. Clouds and sun on Sunday with a low in the mid 20s and a high in the mid 30s. A chance of mixed precipitation on Monday with a low in the upper 20s and a high in the mid 30s.

Large snowflakes are swirling through the sky this morning as an upper-level disturbance moves through the area with light snow. Accumulations will be less than one inch, and mainly on unpaved surfaces. Temperatures are hovering around the freezing point at 9 a.m. and snow is beginning to coat the ground in some places. The snow is expected to taper to flurries later this morning, followed by a mostly cloudy sky with a few peaks of sunshine during the afternoon. Overnight, the sky will remain mostly cloudy as the another system begins to influence the Middle Atlantic region. Another weak front will push through the area by Wednesday morning. Weak low pressure along the front may spread light precipitation into central and southern Maryland 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 10 to 15 degrees below where they should be this time of year. The upcoming weekend looks fair with clouds and sun on Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be in the 20s and highs will be in the 30s. A storm system may impact the region by Monday with mixed precipitation changing to rain.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Wednesday afternoon. Winds this afternoon will come out of the west at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds tonight will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Wednesday will come out of the northwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Wednesday night will come out of the north at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Thursday will come out of the southwest at 10 to 15 knots, then shift to the west at 15 to 20 knots with gusts over 30 knots. Waves will be from 1 to 3 feet. 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 25 is 47 degrees and the average low is 28 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 83 degrees in 1930 (which is the all-time record high for the month) and 8 degrees in 1914 and 1952. 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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