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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 10: icy morning followed by rain showers

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

Today: Light freezing rain changing to periods of light rain. High around 40.

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

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon & evening showers. A thundershower is possible. Warmer with a high in the mid 50s to around 60.

Saturday Night: Occasional showers with a low in the lower 40s.

Sunday: Becoming mostly sunny & breezy at times with a high near 50.

The extended outlook calls for a mostly sunny sky on Monday with a low in the lower 30s and a high near 50. Mostly cloudy with rain showers on Tuesday. The low will be in the mid 30s and the high will be in the lower 50s. Clouds and sun on Wednesday with a low in the mid 30s and a high in the mid 40s.

The National Weather Service at Baltimore/Washington has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Friday for the western shore counties in Maryland. An upper-air disturbance is producing a round of light precipitation this morning. With surface temperatures at or slightly below freezing in many areas, the rain is freezing upon impact. As a result, untreated walkways and side roads may become slick for a few hours. Temperatures will moderate during the day and all precipitation will change to rain with highs approaching 40 degrees, but the rain this afternoon will be fairly light and will taper to scattered showers by evening. A mostly cloudy sky is expected overnight with temperatures remaining above freezing. Meanwhile, a cold front will approach the area from the west on Saturday. Mild air ahead of the front will push northward as the front advances toward the east. This will enable temperatures to climb into the 50s to near 60 degrees on Saturday; however, the trade-off will be a soaking rain in the Middle-Atlantic region. Some locations may receive 1 to 2 inches of rainfall by Saturday evening. On Sunday the front will have moved to our east and winds will shift to the west-northwest. The air behind the cold front will be of Pacific origin, so there will not be a significant change with highs on Sunday and Monday approaching the lower 50s under a mostly sunny sky.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, no advisories are currently in effect. Winds on Friday will come out of the east at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in rain, freezing mist, and fog. Winds on Friday night will come out of the southeast at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 2 feet. Visibility may be reduced in rain and fog. Winds on Saturday will come out of the south at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 30 knots and waves from 2 to 4 feet. Winds on Saturday night will come out of the west at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 25 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Visibility may be reduced in rain 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 January 10 is 41 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 1950 and -2 degrees in 1875. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:26 and the sunset will occur at 5:02. 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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