Slight chance of severe storms for Ravens opener

August 17, 2012|By Scott Dance

More storms could crop up across Maryland tonight, potentially raining on the Baltimore Ravens' preseason opener at M&T Bank Stadium tonight at 8 p.m.

Most of the country, in fact, is included an area with a threat of severe weather today, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. The strongest risk is along the southern Appalachians and the southeast.

Maryland is also included in an area with 5 percent chances of damaging winds and hail.

A handful of factors could limit the severe weather threat in the mid-Atlantic, but storms are expected to form ahead of a cold front moving through the region.

With high temperatures expected around 90 degrees, that heightens the chance for storms as the cold front arrives, according to Foot's Forecast

The weather service's Sterling, Va., office's forecast calls for a chance of storms around 6 p.m. with storms more likely around 9 p.m. and later. Overall, the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain after 6 p.m.

The passing front will cool things off significantly for the weekend, and continuing into the early part of next week. Highs are expected in the low 80s this weekend in Baltimore, with a 60 percent chance of rain Saturday.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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