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Maryland weather: 'Chilly soaking rain' in forecast Friday, Saturday from Hurricane Willa remnants

Maryland is in for a “chilly soaking rain” Friday and Saturday as a storm expected to form from the remnants of Hurricane Willa moves up the East Coast, the National Weather Service said.

A widespread 1 to 1.5 inches of rain could fall across the Baltimore region, meteorologists predict. And some wet snow could mix into the precipitation in the higher elevations of Western Maryland.

Winds of up to 50 mph are possible in Ocean City and along the coast up into New England, potentially causing significant beach erosion. is calling the forecasted low-pressure system a “powerful winterlike storm.”

“How close to the coast the storm tracks and how quickly the storm strengthens will ultimately determine the force of the winds and the rate of rainfall and snowfall,” Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, wrote Thursday.

The storm is forecast to arrive in Maryland from Friday morning into the afternoon, and rain and winds could continue through Saturday. Weather service meteorologists said they expect the heaviest rain to hit the Baltimore area just before midnight Friday and taper off before sunrise Saturday. Some showers could linger through Saturday morning, but most of the rain is expected to pass the region by Saturday afternoon.

With temperatures expected to be well below normal, forecast in the 40s and 50s for Central Maryland and colder to the west, wet snow is possible in the mountains, meteorologists said. No accumulation is expected.

Drier conditions are possible Sunday, before a system brings another chance for rain Sunday night into Monday. Precipitation is possible in the mountains but may not reach Central Maryland, forecasters said.

“We’re not looking for a bright sunny weekend by any means,” said Howard Silverman, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The weekend storm will likely end a spell of mostly dry weather and could keep Baltimore on pace for its record wettest year.

There has only been 0.31 inches of rain at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport since Oct. 12, and only 1.27 inches of rain all month.

But there has been nearly 56 inches of rain so far this year at BWI, about 14 inches more than the region gets in a typical 12 months. If it didn’t rain or snow again all year, 2018 would still rank as Baltimore’s seventh-wettest year on record.

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