Wintry mix to melt into cold rain throughout day

Area temperatures set to rise as warm front moves across mid-Atlantic



February 14, 2005|By Jessica Bylander | Jessica Bylander, Staff

What began as a mix of snow and sleet is expected to turn into cold rainfall for the rest of today, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures just above freezing this morning brought a wintry mix of snow and sleet and a little freezing rain west of the Baltimore area, but as the day wears on, forecasters expect the temperatures to rise slowly. Baltimore and areas to the south are expected to see rain throughout the rest of the day.

These areas of rainfall come at the head of a warm front moving across the entire mid-Atlantic region, from south to north. As the front passes, temperatures are expected to rise. No rain is forecast for Tuesday, and by midweek, another cold front is expected to pass through, bringing a chance of rain on Wednesday. The rest of the week should be dry, the National Weather Service said.

Warmer temperatures will melt the few areas of ice that have accumulated locally on grassy and elevated areas today, and there were no concerns that black ice would form, according to the weather service.

High temperatures today are expected to reach the mid-40s. Patches of light fog are also forecast and will continue into the next few days. As temperatures rise and the air dries out, the fog is expected to evaporate.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with areas of fog and a 50 percent chance of rain, forecasters said, with lows around 40 degrees. On Tuesday, the forecast calls for a high of 59 degrees and a low of 44, followed by a high of 55 degrees and a low of 31 degrees on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to dip again by the latter part of the work week, with a high of 43 degrees and low of 30 on Thursday and a high of 45 degrees and low of 31 on Friday.

Originally published February 14, 2005, 10:02 AM EST

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