More warmth Thursday, but clouds, wind, rain ahead

March 08, 2012|By Scott Dance

We topped 70 degrees on this springlike day, with highs of 73 degrees at the Sun weather station and 72 at BWI Airport. (Does it even make sense to say "springlike" at this point? The season seems to have all but arrived.)

Thursday morning picked up where Wednesday left off, starting from an overnight low of just 54 at BWI Airport and 55 at the Sun weather station downtown. Normal lows this time of year are about freezing, with highs expected around 50.

But clouds and gusty winds were expected to move into the area by the afternoon. Gusts up to 15 mph were recorded Thursday morning, but there could be steady winds that swift later today, with gusts up to 40 mph. The Sun weather station has recorded gusts of 20-25 mph since this morning. There is a gale warning and small craft advisory on the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

Showers or storms are coming this evening as a front passes through.

Feels like spring.

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