Wet & Stormy Saturday

I very large spring storm system is marching across the eastern U.S. Saturday.

Late Saturday Morning GOES Image Courtesy: NASA

For the past several days this system has been producing heavy rains and severe storms across the nation’s mid section.

The biggest impact on the Mid Atlantic Region Saturday will be heavy rainfall.

The graphic above shows one computer model’s estimated rainfall totals through Sunday morning. The map is a little hard to read without close examination. It targets the heaviest rains from the Baltimore area westward. 2-3 inches of rain is possible with a few areas receiving as much as 4 inches. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for areas west of the Bay. A Coastal Flood Watch & Advisory are in effect west of the Bay as well due to the combination of high tides and strong winds.

Severe storms are also possible with this weather system.

The Baltimore area is at the northern edge of an area that is at risk for severe thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. Damaging winds and lightning are the primary threat but this system has had a history of producing tornadoes and that would not be out of the question. It appears that the highest tornado risk would be south of Baltimore where temperatures will be warmer.

Keep up to date on wbaltv.com and check in with Lowell Melser on WBAL TV-11 this afternoon and this evening for the latest on the storm’s progress.

John Collins

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