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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 25: windy with snow showers

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

Today: Variable cloudiness with occasional snow showers. Snow may accumulate up to 1/2 inch in some places. Windy with a high around 30. SW wind 10 to 20 with a few higher gusts.

Tonight: Variable cloudiness with scattered snow showers. Windy and cold with clearing toward morning. The low will range from 15 to 20.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and chilly with westerly winds 10 to 20 m.p.h. at times. The high will be in the mid to upper 20s.

Sunday Night: Variable cloudiness with a low in the low to mid 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with occasional snow showers early, then windy and clearing late. Turning colder with a high in the lower to middle 30s, then dropping into the 20s during the afternoon.

Monday Night: Windy and much colder with a low around 10.

Tuesday: Sunny, breezy, and very cold with a high around 15.

The extended outlook calls for clouds and sun on Wednesday with a low from 0 to 5 and a high from 15 to 20. A chance of snow showers early on Thursday, then clearing. The low will be around 10 and the high will be in the upper 10s. Mostly sunny on Friday with a low around 10 and a high near 30.

Temperatures this morning were mild compared to recent days due to cloudiness and a southwest flow of air. Consequently, lows only dropped into the lower 20s at most locations around the bay. Occasional snow showers have impacted the region today with some locations picking up a dusting to a half inch, particularly over northern Maryland and the upper Eastern Shore. The snow is associated with a cold front moving from west to east across the region. A few snow showers may persist into the evening hours, which may cause some slippery roads as temperatures fall back through the mid 20s. Once the front clears the area overnight, winds will shift to the west and temperatures will drop from afternoon highs in the upper 20s to lows on Sunday morning from 15 to 20 degrees. On Sunday, high pressure will briefly dominate the region with sunshine and cold temperatures as highs will only reach the mid 20s with a gusty west wind. Yet another, stronger arctic front will quickly follow on Monday. A southwest flow ahead of the front will keep temperatures in the 20s on Sunday night and allow highs to climb near, or slightly above, the freezing point on Monday. Very cold air will surge into the eastern states on Tuesday with highs only around 15 degrees and lows by Wednesday morning from 0 to 5 degrees. Wednesday will be cold as well with highs in the upper 10s. By Wednesday nigh and Thursday morning, a storm system may impact the coast; however, computer forecast models currently indicate that this storm will move out to sea. Nonetheless, a small difference in the track of the storm could bring snowfall to parts of the Chesapeake Bay region by Thursday morning. Looking at the long-range, a moderation in temperatures is expected by next weekend with highs in the 30s.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Sunday morning. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from Sunday evening through early Monday morning. Winds on Sunday will come out of the west at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Sunday night will come out of the south at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Monday will come out of the west at 10 to 20 knots with gusts over 20 and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Visibility may be reduced in snow showers. 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 25 is 42 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 75 degrees in 1967 and 0 degrees in 1897. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:19 and the sunset will occur at 5:19. 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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