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Weather or Not: Cooler weather looms after tumultuous stretch

The skies darkened, the winds picked up and the rain pelted everything in sight.

A line of storms ahead of a powerful cold front became the latest noteworthy moment in a tumultuous week that's featured an array of unique weather.

A brief recap:

Monday: Freezing rain overspread the region in the morning, causing many public school districts in the state to delay opening.

Tuesday: The ice didn't last long. Temperatures surged into the upper 60s throughout Central Maryland. It was the warmest day since Dec. 10, which was the last time temperatures reached 60 degrees or warmer. Many areas saw high temperatures that were 45 degrees warmer than the week before, when temperatures lingered in the low-to-mid 20s.

Wednesday: Prior to the line of thunderstorms arriving, temperatures reached the upper 60s and lower 70s in many areas. As of 3:15 p.m., BWI Airport was at 70 degrees, which was just 2 degrees away from a daily record high set 99 years ago. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory with gusts of 45-50 mph possible Wednesday night.

Once the cold front pushes through, temperatures will be much more seasonable for mid-winter. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 41 with blustery westerly winds of 22-28 mph. High temperatures tumble back into the 30s Friday through Sunday.

A slight chance of snow showers exists Thursday night with a low around 25. Not much accumulation is expected, but it would be yet another noteworthy development in a wild weather week much more reminiscent of the type of weather typically seen in March in this area.