Friday forecast: Mostly cloudy, high near 74

The National Weather Service is calling for Friday to be mostly cloudy in the Baltimore area, with a high near 74 and southwest winds between 8 and 15 miles per hour. There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

A coastal flood warning is in effect until noon Friday for the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. A coastal flood advisory is in effect until noon for the rest of the bay's western shore. A small craft advisory is in effect for the tidal Potomac River and the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

There was a report from the public of a tornado on the ground in eastern Prince William County, Va., at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and a later report of a possible tornado in Stafford County, Va., according to National Weather Service meteorologist technician Calvin Meadows. In College Park and Baltimore, public safety officials on Thursday issued warnings of possible tornado activity but no tornadoes materialized, Meadows said.

Meadows said the closest to Maryland that any tornado activity was reported was around Quantico, Va. He said National Weather Service representatives reviewed a video of a funnel cloud reported near there but had not confirmed it by physically surveying the area for damage. He said on Friday morning that there were no reports of tornado activity in Maryland overnight and no warnings of any for Friday or Saturday.

Friday night is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 52 and west winds between 11 and 15 miles per hour. There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

Saturday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 71 and west winds between 11 and 21 miles per hour, gusting up to 31 miles per hour.

Saturday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 52 and west winds between 8 and 11 miles per hour.

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