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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 26: A sunny Sunday, but much colder

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

Today: Sunny and cold with a west wind from 10 to 15 with a few higher gusts. The high will be 25 to 30.

Tonight: Variable cloudiness with a low around 20.

Monday: Mostly cloudy and milder with a few rain and/or snow showers. The high will be 35 to 40. Southwest wind becoming west.

Monday Night: Becoming clear, windy, and sharply colder with a low around 12. West wind 10 to 15 with a few higher gusts.

Tuesday: Sunny but cold with a high around 17.

TuesdayNight: Clear and cold with a low near 9.

Wednesday: Continued sunny and cold with a high around 20.

The extended outlook calls for clouds and sun on Thursday with a chance of a snow shower. The low will be around 10 and the high will be near 25. Mostly sunny on Friday with a low around 15 and a high near 30. Increasing clouds on Saturday with a few rain and/or snow showers. The low will be around 20 and the high will be near 35.

Another surge of fresh arctic air has overspread the Chesapeake Bay area today. At 8 a.m. the mercury is showing 15 degrees at Baltimore, 21 at Annapolis, 21 at Cambridge, 18 at Leonardtown, 18 at Richmond, and 16 at Tappahannock. Cold high pressure will provide the area with ample sunshine today, but it will remain cold with high struggling to eclipse 25 degrees this afternoon. Occasional gusts of wind from the west will make it feel even colder. The center of high pressure will move offshore this evening as a new frontal system approaches from the west. This will create a more southerly flow and will enable temperatures to only drop into the lower 20s tonight. During the day on Monday, the frontal passage will be accompanied by cloudiness and occasional rain or snow showers. Temperatures will be relatively mild compared to our recent cold snap, with afternoon highs from the mid 30s to around 40 degrees. However, it is likely that these highs will be reached early in the day with the temperature dropping through the 30s and into the 20s during the afternoon hours. By Tuesday morning, lows will range from 10 to 15 degrees. Tuesday will be the coldest day of the week with highs from 15 to 20. Wednesday will be a few degrees warmer with readings in the lower 20s. A storm system along the southeast coast may impact the Tidewater area of Virginia with snow next Thursday, but this storm is not expected to impact the Annapolis area with anything other than a snow shower. The long-range outlook calls for a break in the cold weather by next weekend with highs above freezing, although winter is not over as the first two weeks of February will feature occasional cold snaps and more storminess than what we've experienced lately.

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 26 is 42 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 79 degrees in 1950 and 2 degrees in 1961. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:18 and the sunset will occur at 5:20. 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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