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Chesapeake Bay Weather for January 28: very cold with evening snow showers

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

Today: Becoming mostly cloudy and very cold with a high from 15 to 20. West wind 10 to 15 m.p.h. at times.

Tonight: A few snow showers or a period of light snow may produce a dusting to an inch, with 1 to 2 inches south and east of Annapolis. The low will be around 15.

Wednesday: Sunny and breezy. Not quite as cold with a high in the upper 20s.

Wednesday Night: Clear and cold with a low around 15.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and milder with a high from 30 to 35.

The extended outlook calls for clouds and sun on Friday with a low around 25 and a high in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Mostly cloudy on Saturday with a chance of rain and/or snow showers. The low will be around 32 and the high will be from the upper 30s to lower 40s. Mostly cloudy on Sunday with a low in the lower 30s and a high in the upper 30s. Sunny on Monday with a low in the mid 20s and a high in the mid 30s.

One of the coldest days of the winter is upon us today with early afternoon temperatures in the mid to upper 10s. The cold is impressive considering that the recent snow cover was reduced to patches of snow in yesterday's 50-degree sunshine. Cloudiness associated with the arctic front, which now sits to our southeast, is enhancing the cold by blocking out the sunshine. As we move into the late afternoon hours, temperatures will struggle to reach 20 degrees as cloudiness increases from the south. Meanwhile, low pressure will develop along the arctic front and produce a major winter storm for the southern Chesapeake Bay area including the Tidewater cities of Williamsburg, Wakefield, Norfolk, Cape Charles, and Accomack. In this region, 5 to 10 inches of snow can be expected. Snow will spread into southern Maryland the lower Eastern Shore where 3 to 6 inches of snow may fall in Cambridge, Salisbury, and Ocean City. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with a Winter Weather Advisory for Maryland's lower Eastern Shore. To the north and west, precipitation will try to encroach on the Annapolis area this evening with a period of light snow or snow showers producing a dusting to an inch. There will be a sharp cut-off between areas receiving snow and those that see nothing more than a few flurries. With temperatures in the 10s this evening, any snow that falls will create slick conditions on roadways and walkways. As the storm system pulls away from the Atlantic coast on Wednesday, sunshine will return to the Middle-Atlantic region but it will be cold with highs only in the 20s (average highs for this time of year are in the middle 40s.) A moderation in temperatures is expected later in the week with highs in the 30s on Thursday and Friday, and upper 30s to lower 40s over the weekend. Another system may bring rain and/or snow showers to Annapolis by Saturday.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Tuesday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect beginning late Tuesday night. Winds on Tuesday will come out of the north at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 25 knots and waves from 2 to 4 feet. Winds on Tuesday night will come out of the north at 10 knots with waves from 1 to 2 feet. Visibility may be reduced in snow and fog. Winds on Wednesday will come out of the northwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 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 28 is 42 degrees and the average low is 25 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 1949 and -3 degrees in 1987. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:18 and the sunset will occur at 5:21. 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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