Baltimore: Cooler, Drier Weekend Follows Flooding Rain

By , Senior Meteorologist
May 17, 2014; 4:11 AM ET
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Cooler, drier weather will sweep across the Baltimore area this weekend in the wake of heavy rain and flash flooding and in time for the 2014 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track.

Much of the time will be rain-free around Baltimore from Friday afternoon through early next week.

The weather will generally bring good drying conditions. However, there can be very widely separated pop-up showers Saturday evening and again Sunday afternoon and evening.

While small streams in the area will recede, runoff from the recent heavy rain that ranged from 1.5 to 4 inches will continue to flow downstream into the larger rivers. Unprotected areas of the Potomac River can experience moderate flooding this weekend. No significant flooding is forecast on the Susquehanna River.

Winds from the west will push Chesapeake Bay water away from the Inner Harbor, ending coastal flooding problems.

Temperatures will average slightly below average with highs in the lower 70s, and overnight lows are forecast to range from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. Temperatures typically range from the middle 50s to the middle 70s this time of the year.

The next chance of locally drenching showers and thunderstorms will begin during the middle of next week.


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