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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 16: morning flurries followed by sunshine

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

Today: Variable cloudiness with a few snow flurries, then mostly sunny later. High 43.

Tonight: Mostly clear with a low from 27 to 32.

Friday: Mostly sunny early, then more clouds. High 43 to 48.

Friday Night: A chance of rain or snow showers. Low 30 to 35.

Saturday: Windy with sunshine. High 35 to 40.

The extended outlook calls for a mostly sunny sky on Sunday with a low in the upper 20s and a high near 40. Mostly sunny on Monday with a low around 30 and a high from 45 to 50. Clouds and sun on Tuesday with a low around 35 and a high from 45 to 50. Much colder on Wednesday with a few snow flurries and gusty winds. A low of 25 and a high near 32.

A few snow flurries can be expected across the bay region this morning, but later today sunshine will be the main weather feature with highs in the lower 40s. High pressure will build over the area today and Friday. As the high moves offshore on Friday, a southerly flow will enable highs to reach well into the 40s and perhaps even 50 degrees. Meanwhile, another cold front will approach the area by Friday night. As a result, clouds will increase and light precipitation will fall in the form of rain and snow showers into early Saturday morning. The coldest day in the short-term will be Saturday with gusty winds and maximum temperatures in the 30s. Sunday will be a bit milder with sunshine and a high near 40. The broader weather pattern will begin to change next week as we progress from mild to very cold. Monday and Tuesday will be the transition days with mild readings and a few clouds; however, an arctic front will surge into the region by Wednesday with much colder temperatures and gusty winds. Whereas highs will reach the 40s on Monday & Tuesday, readings on Wednesday will struggle to reach 32 with wind chill values in the single digits and teens. Snow showers may accompany the passage of the cold front on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect until noon today. Winds on Thursday will come out of the west at 10 knots with gusts from 15 to 20 knots and waves from 1 to 2 feet. Winds on Thursday night will come out of the south at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Friday will come out of the south at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Friday night will come out of the west at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Saturday will come out of the west at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 and waves from 1 to 2 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 January 16 is 41 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 71 degrees in 1953 and 1 degree in 1893. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:24 and the sunset will occur at 5:10. 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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