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Chesapeake Bay weather for February 8: cloudy and cold with snow showers

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

This afternoon: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers or flurries. High 35. A dusting of snow may accumulate in some areas.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries. The low will be in the upper 20s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High 35. Snow may accumulate up to one inch.

Sunday Night: A few snow showers, then mostly cloudy. The low will be in the upper 20s.

The extended forecast calls for clouds and sun on Monday and Tuesday with lows in the upper 20s and highs in the mid 30s. Cloudy on Wednesday with snow changing to rain. The low will be in the upper 20s and the high will be in the upper 30s. Clouds and sun on Thursday with a low in the upper 20s and a high in the upper 30s. Mostly sunny on Friday with a low in the upper 20s and a high in the upper 30s.

An upper-level disturbance is moving across North Carolina and southeast Virginia today. Precipitation associated with this system is falling in the form of light snow showers & flurries in central Maryland. Most of the snow is not reaching the ground; however, a few snow showers may produce a dusting of accumulation as temperatures are hovering around the freezing point. Another area of relatively weak low pressure will impact the region again on Sunday. This low may have a bit more energy than today's system. Therefore, snowfall totals across the region are expected to be slightly higher by Sunday evening with up to one inch of accumulation possible in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis triangle. Low pressure moves away from the region on Monday as high pressure builds overhead. This will provide the area with sunshine on Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, low pressure to our southeast may move up the coast and produce widespread precipitation in the form of snow and/or rain. Computer forecast models have disagreed considerably on the timing of the system, the track of the low, the intensity of the low, and the type of precipitation. Temperatures will be marginally cold, so the track of the low will be critical in determining whether central Maryland receives a significant snowfall, mixed precipitation, or mostly rain. The first two scenarios appear to be more likely at the moment. Later in the week, as the center of low pressure moves off to our northeast, high pressure will build over the Middle Atlantic states and sunshine will return for Thursday and Friday.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, no advisories are currently in effect. Winds on Sunday will come out of the southeast at 10 knots with waves less than one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Sunday night will come out of the northwest at 10 knots with waves less than one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Monday will come out of the northwest at 10 knots with waves less than one foot. Winds on Monday night will come out of the northwest at 10 knots with waves less than one foot. 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 8 is 43 degrees and the average low is 26 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 1965 and -1 degrees in 1967. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:06 and the sunset will occur at 5:35. 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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