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Wednesday forecast: Cloudy, 40s, with rain or wintry mix late

A cloudy day with temperatures in the mid-40s is expected in the Baltimore area Wednesday, with rain arriving by the afternoon and possibly turning to a wintry mix, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected to start around midday but should remain light, with about a quarter of an inch forecast. The precipitation could turn wintry by late in the evening with less than an inch expected in the Baltimore area but a few inches possible close to the Mason-Dixon Line in Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties.

Forecasters had expected more significant snowfall across the region, but without a high pressure system to the northeast, it appeared unlikely, forecasters wrote. The high pressure system would have acted as a blockade to keep cold air over the area.

The wintry precipitation could prompt a winter weather advisory later in the day.

Breezes of 10-15 mph are expected throughout the day Wednesday.

Milder temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday, nearing 50 degrees with partly to mostly cloudy skies.

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