Today is an alert day due to the threat of rain – CBS Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The threat of heavy rain and the potential for localized flooding in Maryland led the WJZ First Alert Weather Team to declare an Alert Day for Monday.

Our Monday started well with temperatures in the 30s, but things will heat up as the day progresses with temperatures expected to climb to 50 degrees in the afternoon.

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If it feels unusually cold, that’s because our normal high for April 18 is around 68 degrees.

Unlike the weekend, today will be mostly cloudy with rain expected to arrive in the early afternoon. But we won’t see the heaviest and most consistent rains until late afternoon.

The total precipitation forecast for our area ranges from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half, although most of us should collect three-quarters of an inch to an inch of precipitation.

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We do not anticipate flooding to be a major problem in Maryland, although coastal areas and low-lying roads may occasionally experience localized flooding and puddles.

Because we expect the heaviest rain over a short period of time in the late afternoon and evening, that’s when buildup on our roads will be of greatest concern to drivers.

Today’s storm is also expected to bring snow and winter mix to western Maryland, where a winter weather advisory is in effect. Three to six inches is possible, along with a tenth of an inch of ice.

The rain that affects most of us is expected to fade this evening as temperatures drop to a low of 39 degrees.

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As for tomorrow, it promises to be partly sunny and windy with a high of nearly 54 degrees.

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