Record breaking cold temperatures possible tomorrow
OVERVIEW: The storm we had been talking about since last week skimmed our area with a bit of snow and the same spots that keep getting hammered received another few inches. Thankfully, the heaviest snow fell well south across Maryland and D.C.. We can attribute the more southerly track to a strong push of arctic, dry air for steering the system away from us. Now we focus on the frigid cold that will blanket the area the next few days before temperatures moderate late week. High pressure will help to keep our weather fair and quiet.
RECORD COLD STRETCH: Records will be in jeopardy the next couple of mornings as temperatures plummet to the single digits. High pressure builds in allowing clouds to decrease this evening and winds to die down making for perfect radiational cooling.
Highs tomorrow will struggle to get to the middle 20s after a frosty start. We’ll start out with sunshine but mid and high level clouds will stream on in later in the day. Another night cold night and lows will flirt with the record Wednesday morning. More sunshine for Wednesday will help get temps over 30 degrees.
CLOSE CALL: We are keeping our eyes on a coastal storm that will come close to the area Thursday into Friday. A persistent easterly flow which starts late Wednesday will help to stream in some moisture and clouds. There is a small chance for a rain or snow shower on Thursday as the easterly flow remains persistent and highs will still be running below average in the middle to upper 30s. The system will pull away by Friday late morning taking with it the clouds so more sunshine is expected to end the week before another frontal system returns. Highs will finally be cracking 40 degrees as we warm to the low to mid 40s Friday, upper 40s to near 50 Saturday and it looks like we stay around 40 or better into early next week.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO BEGIN: March 9th we lose an hour of sleep as we spring ahead an hour Saturday night before going to bed but sunset will take place after 7pm!!! It’s also a good time to check and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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