Chill in the air brings temperatures back to normal

(National Center for Atmospheric…)
March 16, 2012|By Scott Dance

It feels like there's a chill in the air, but this is really just a normal day for mid-March with temperatures struggling to break out of the 50s Friday.

A cold front that slipped over the Baltimore area Thursday has stalled south of here and clouds have been stubborn to break, said Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. That has kept temperatures from climbing much at all from the overnight low of 50 degrees at BWI Airport. It was 52 and foggy at BWI as of 11 a.m. and 55 at the Sun weather station downtown as of noon.

We were originally forecast to reach into the 70s today, but the National Weather Service and other forecasters have lowered that to the low 60s. Rain showers are popping up in West Virginia and Virginia and are moving east toward us, but there could still be some breaks in the clouds to bring temperatures up.

Of course, we have been spoiled lately. Two out of three days so far this month have broken 70 degrees; if we don't break 60 today, it will be for the fifth time this month. Normal highs are in the low to mid-50s.

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