Saturday November 18

A strong storm is moving across the country as a signal of the increasingly active weather pattern. Winter is coming early and I will have my formal winter outlook posted right here Sunday morning. But this round of weather is slated to bring us rain and strong winds. The snow will be heavy , but in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. Maybe a flurry reaches the distant suburbs, but the main story will be the strong winds that could gust over 40 mph overnight. That is when we will get the strongest part of this storm, while sleeping… if you can though the noise.

Below is the rain timeline showing showers reaching parts of the area during today. The main storm even will be overnight. Our outlook for Thanksgiving still looks cold and keeps the chance of some flakes around (snow flakes that is).

Stats For November 18

Normal High:  56ºF

Record High:  78ºF in 1938

Normal Low: 36ºF

Record Low: 20ºF in 1996; 1959

Sunrise: 6:54 AM

Sunset 4:50 PM

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 Rain Timeline Today

Note: This push of rain showers is racing in fast, and will most likely impact central Maryland and north into PA. Southern Maryland should stay dry, just windy and warm today. Those winds will push in the warmest temps this evening and tonight.

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High Temperatures – Around Midnight

High Temperatures November 18


Cold Front Arrives Between 4 AM and 6 AM (metro Baltimore)


radar rain snow


Gusty winds today will get stronger overnight. The cold front will bring in the strongest winds before sunrise Sunday morning

strong winds Sunday

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Regional Winds

Note the timing of the upper level wind flow… It will be noisy tonight and colder winds will rule Sunday

Saturday night high winds



Outlook- Thanksgiving

Please- PLEASE keep in mind a few things….

  1. I continue to show that the computer models are having trouble with the potential storm on Thursday.
  2. I still think there is an error in modeling, but there is still some element of energy that will want to work its way out next week.
  3. We could have some light showers or flurries. This storm is what we were supposed to have then was pushed well off of the coast. There general model error is for storms to verify farther east than the original forecast. But this is already east of what we had seen a while ago.
  4. Thanksgiving will be colder for sure!

Thanksgiving Weather Map


Temperature Outlook


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