From the ABC 7 Weather team

Soaking rain, brisk winds, even some snow to the west

April 22, 2012 - 12:05 PM
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A soggy Sunday is on tap with periods rain and brisk winds likely through tonight.  One or more inches of rain are possible locally with snow expected far to the west!

It'll be a soggy Sunday is on tap with drenching rain and high winds.

This Afternoon: Periods of Rain, Windy, Cool

Highs: 50-55 | Rain: 1"-2"

Tonight: Rain, High Winds, Quite Chilly

Lows: 37-43 | Wind: N 10-15

Monday: Cloudy, Showers Possible, Chilly

Highs: 45-49 | Wind: W 15-20

After a mostly mild-mannered and decidedly dry start, spring is about to turn dramatically wet and wild.  A classic nor'easter along the Carolina coast will bring plenty of rain and wind to the Atlantic seaboard from later today through tonight and on into the early part of the week.  The familiar counterclockwise flow associated with the low pressure system will spawn high winds from the north and west as a soaking rain moves along the I-95 corridor.  One of more inches of rain are possible, especially in areas to the east of the metro area.  With a current rainfall deficit of over 5 inches, the projected rain from this storm could help ease the drought. 

With colder air to the northwest, the storm is expected to drop heavy wet snow in the higher elevations of western Maryland, West Virginia, and western and central Pennsylvania.  It is even possible that some light snow could fall across northern Maryland.  And while the metro area is looking for rain exclusively, temperatures will be very chilly wih highs today only in the low 50s and the upper 40s on Monday.  Indeed, the coming week will be unusually cool, feeling all the more so since we have been basking in "summer" for most of this spring!  Grab an umbrella and a windbreaker and try to enjoy this soggy Sunday.

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