From the ABC 7 Weather team

Windy, chilly start to the weekend

February 25, 2012 - 11:19 AM
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Hold onto your hat as the weekend begins with a blustery and rather chilly day.  Look for winds gusting to 40 mph and highs in the upper 40s.

This Afternoon: Mix of Sun & Clouds, Windy, Chilly, Isolated Rain

Highs: 45-50 | Wind: W 15-25/G 40 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Cold, Still Breezy

Lows: 25-32 | Wind: W 15-20 mph

Sunday: Sunny & Seasonable, Less Windy

Highs: 46-50 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

After a window-rattling night with winds gusting to 40 mph, today started equally blustery with a few snow squalls passing through the area.  With high pressure moving in and a powerful low over New England, the proximity of the two pressure systems will continue to whip winds through the region today; a Wind Advisory is in effect from 8 AM through 6 PM for all areas except far southern MD and central VA.  And not too far away in western Maryland and parts of Pennsylvania, Lake effect snows are whitening the ground a few inches have already accumulated on the western slopes of the Alleghenies  There is a Winter Weather Advisory for Garrett County, MD and areas to the west where upwards of 5 inches of snow could fall.

Temperatures are much cooler today - we hit 57 yesterday -  and although we can expect an afternoon high in the upper 40s, it will feel much chillier as the winds persist.  A few more isolated rain or snow showers could fall throughout the afternoon; cloudiness associated with them could drop temperatures even further. We can't really complain about getting a more typical February day since we have had so few of them this balmy month.  Consider that the highs for 10 of the past 12 days have been in the 50s and 60s and that the average temperature for this largely snowless month is a whopping 5.5 degrees above normal.  While Sunday will be similar in actual temperatures to today, the diminished winds will make it feel more comfortable.  We should rebound once again to the 50s and 60s next week as March doesn't seem to be planning a lion-like entrance!  Enjoy your weekend. 

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