Always a good idea on the beach, regardless of the season. Organizers do their best to keep the beach clear, but it's hard to be certain. And in the water, all bets are off. And please, Ellingsworth notes, wear real shoes with a back, not flip-flops. "That's actually the most popular shoe we end up picking off the beach the next day," she said. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo /January 29, 2011)
Swimmers at the MSP Polar Bear Plunge are in for a cold one.
The event, to support Special Olympics Maryland, will take place at Sandy Point State Park, with plunges as early as 11 a.m. NOAA National Data Buoy Center's buoy near Annapolis registers the water temperature at 35.5 degrees.
The air temperature is expected to reach a high of 32, but it will feel more like 22 with the wind chill.
The waves will be 2-3 feet near Sandy Point because of northwest winds of about 14 mph.
Brave, warm-hearted plungers have another chance Feb. 23 at Deep Creek Lake.
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