If you haven’t heard, the Blue Angels are in town.
Despite the forecasts of potential rain this week, the Blue Angels arrived in Annapolis Tuesday morning for its performance during Commissioning Week. The practice began at 2 p.m. Tuesday and the official Blue Angels show is 2 p.m. Wednesday.
National Weather Service forecasters believe that Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a high about 71 degrees. Later Wednesday night, showers and a possible thunderstorm are expected after 2 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent. The wind will pick up that night, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
To perform, the Blue Angels need to “have at least three nautical miles of visibility horizontally from center point, and a minimum cloud ceiling of 1,500 feet, which the FAA can waive to 1,000 feet,” according to its website. At this ceiling, the Blue Angels perform a limited number of exercises. To perform all of the maneuvers, the Blue Angels need a minimum ceiling of 8,000 feet and visibility of three nautical miles.
When the Blue Angels are flying, the Naval Academy Bridge will be closed to all traffic, specifically between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. If there’s bad weather, the bridge could be closed Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., city police said.
Police are expecting heavy traffic from the Blue Angels show in Annapolis and the surrounding area. The roads that will be affected are Maryland Route 450, Route 50, Rowe Boulevard, King George Street, Annapolis Street and Taylor Avenue.
For those planning to view the show from the Broadneck side near the World War II Memorial, the best places to park are at or near the Baltimore & Washington Trail in Arnold and walking or biking about 4 miles to the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge.
The Coast Guard will set up temporary restricted boat access Wednesday in areas near the Severn River and College Creek, according to a news release. The area will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the regulated areas include Severn River between the Severn River Bridge and Greenbury Point. Buoys marking the boundary zone will be set by 9:30 a.m. to serve as a visual reference.
There will be a temporary access channel marked with red and green buoys near Horn Point to allow vessels to come in and out of Annapolis Harbor.
The best viewing spots for the Blue Angels are at Hospital Point at the Naval Academy, as well as on the opposite side of the Severn River at the World War II Memorial and Jonas Green Park. There’s also good spots along the Naval Academy seawall, City Dock and the Maritime Museum in Eastport.
Or just step outside anywhere if you’re feeling lucky.