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Chesapeake Bay weather for February 26: morning snow then sunshine

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

Today: Morning snow followed by afternoon clearing. The high will be 35 to 40.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold with a low from 20 to 25.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and cold with a high in the mid 30s.

Thursday Night: Clear and very cold with a low around 15.

Friday: Sunny and unseasonably cold with a high near 25.

The extended forecast calls for clouds and sun on Saturday with a low around 15 and a high near 35. Mostly cloudy on Sunday with a chance of rain, sleet, and/or snow. The low will be around 30 and the high will be around 40. Cloudy on Monday with a chance of rain, sleet, and/or snow. The low will be around 30 and the high will be around 35. Mostly sunny on Tuesday with a low around 20 and a high near 35.

For the second consecutive morning, the Annapolis area woke up to falling snow. The snow did not begin in earnest until after 7 a.m. and continued through 10:30 a.m. Only about an inch or so of snow accumulated and mainly on unpaved surfaces, although many secondary roads were briefly covered with snow early this morning. Like yesterday, this morning's snow will be a distant memory by the afternoon due to the higher sun angle in late February and temperatures rising into the mid to upper 30s. A northwesterly flow will bring in a brief shot of cold air tonight with lows by Thursday morning between 20 and 25 degrees (even a few spots in the upper 10s). Thursday will feature sunshine and cold temperatures with afternoon highs in the mid to upper 30s. Another wave of arctic air will surge into the Middle Atlantic states on Thursday night and Friday with lows by Friday morning in the 10s and highs on Friday only in the mid 20s (nearly 25 degrees colder than average!) Fortunately, the arctic air will only hold in place for about 36 hours as temperatures rebound into the upper 30s by Saturday. Looking ahead to Sunday, yet another arctic front will approach the bay region from the northwest, while a southerly flow of air battles the arctic front. As the two air masses converge, precipitation will develop along the arctic front and produce mixed precipitation in the Annapolis area on Sunday. On Monday, a storm system will develop in the southern states and move to our south. This will produce another round of mixed precipitation that may change to snow before ending on Monday. Behind this storm system, unseasonably cold air will push into the northeast again for the first week of March.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon. Winds today will come out of the northwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds tonight will come out of the north at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Thursday will come out of the southwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Thursday night will come out of the northwest at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 30 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Friday will come out of the north at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves 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 26 is 48 degrees and the average low is 29 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 74 degrees in 1922 and 1932, and 13 degrees in 1950 and 1990. 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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