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Baltimore area gets more than 2 inches of rain from Zeta; cooler temperatures expected through Saturday

The Baltimore area got more than 2 inches of rain Thursday as Tropical Storm Zeta moved up the East Coast and swept through the area, the National Weather Service said.

Most of the rain fell during the day and tapered off by evening to a light mist. The National Weather Service said Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City all had rainfall amounts of 2 to 2.25 inches. For much of the day, the region was under a flood warning by the weather service.

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The rain is expected to pick back up again overnight, said weather service meteorologist Kyle Pallozzicq, as a second storm system, which caused ice storms in Oklahoma and snow in Texas, will likely move in overnight as an upper-level low-pressure system forms behind Zeta.

“That’s going to bring some rain back into the Baltimore area later tonight and early tomorrow morning,” Pallozzi said.

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Showers are expected to end by Friday evening, then high pressure will bring a cool front through the area on Saturday. Friday and Saturday high temperatures will be in the low 50s before rebounding to 61 degrees Sunday, according to the weather service. Nighttime lows near freezing are in the forecast Friday night and Sunday night.

A freeze warning and frost advisory are issued for Saturday from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Low pressure from southern Canada into the Ohio Valley and a “strong” cold front will collide Sunday and bring gusty winds and cool temperatures with the potential for a frost Monday night, the forecast says.

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