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Damaging wind gusts possible Friday; snow forecast Sunday

A wind advisory is in effect Friday afternoon and evening across Central Maryland, with gusts up to 45 mph expected to break some tree limbs and create hazards for tall vehicles. And another chance at accumulating snow is forecast before next week.

Steady northwest winds of 15-25 mph are expected, with stronger wind gusts. The National Weather Service is urging residents to secure outdoor furniture, be prepared for the possibility of power outages, and take care driving vehicles susceptible to strong cross-winds on bridges and other roadways.

The wind advisory is in effect from noon to midnight.

The cold breezes are expected to create wind chills in the lower 20s to the teens Friday afternoon down to the single digits by the evening and overnight. Air temperatures are forecast to fall throughout the day, from the mid-30s to below freezing by late afternoon, the mid-20s by evening and mid-teens by early Saturday morning.

Strong winds are expected to linger into Saturday, and with air...

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Cold air caps the week with temps falling Friday

Frigid weather is forecast Friday and Saturday. Temperatures are forecast to drop throughout the day Friday, starting in the mid-30s in the morning and reaching the lower 20s by the evening, and gusty winds of 20-40 mph are expected to make it feel like the teens and down to the single digits overnight into Saturday.

A frigid, snowy weather pattern for the eastern United States is expected to continue into next week – with chances for accumulating snow expected on Super Bowl Sunday into Monday.

Snow is likely Sunday afternoon into Monday morning as a system is expected to pass south of the region, putting Maryland on its colder and snowier side, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters expect the system to pass through relatively quickly, but said accumulating snow is "certainly a possibility." It was too early to predict any totals Thursday.

In between the two systems, frigid air is expected over the region. Lows are forecast in the teens, with wind chills in the single...

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Icy mix of precipitation forecast for evening commute

An icy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is forecast for the evening commute.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the entire Baltimore region through 9 p.m. Snow accumulations of up to an inch and a slight glaze of ice are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

State Highway Administration officials again said they would deploy crews and monitor road conditions but urged drivers to be careful.

"We have yet another storm where the primary impact is expected to be during a weekday rush hour," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a statement. "Crews will treat roads, but with freezing rain and sleet expected, we continue to ask drivers to drive cautiously and at a speed appropriate for the conditions."

Temperatures were in the lower 30s late Thursday afternoon, with a 10-15 mph breeze making it feel like the mid- to upper-20s.

Flurries are also possible on the tail end of the system on Friday morning, along with strong winds.

Frigid weather is forecast...

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Two cold-weather deaths reported in Baltimore

An elderly man in a Baltimore home with no heat or electricity died in the cold Saturday and a homeless man younger than age 45 died earlier this month, city health officials said Wednesday as they urged residents to take care in frigid weather.

The deaths bring to a dozen the number of people who have died of cold weather-related illnesses so far this winter, according to state health officials. They are the first deaths tied to cold temperatures in Baltimore this season.

"These two deaths are tragic and preventable," city health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement. "The cold temperatures and low wind chills are life-threatening conditions for many individuals, such as children, older adults, homeless individuals, the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions."

The homeless man was aged 18-44 and died Jan. 6. Two other cold-related deaths have occurred in the Baltimore area so far this winter — an elderly Carroll County woman and an Anne Arundel County man aged...

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New York forecast miss came 93 years after surprise 'Knickerbocker' storm

Though many in New York City grumbled when forecasts of a "historic" blizzard did not come true this week, almost a century ago, a deadly storm took Baltimore and Washington by surprise -- and brought what is still Baltimore's snowiest day on record.

It dropped 23.3 inches in one day and a total of 26.5 inches over three days, Jan. 27-29, 1922, according to the National Weather Service. That is on par with -- and sometimes even less than -- many of the snow totals around eastern Massachusetts and other parts of New England on Tuesday.

Dozens died when the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, giving the storm its name.

But such a historic snow was not foreseen. According to the Jan. 27, 1922, editions of The Sun:

"In the Middle Atlantic States the weather will become cloudy and warmer today, with snow or rain in Southern Virginia, and be unsettled with snow or rain tonight or tomorrow. In the South Atlantic States there will be rain and sleet today and rain...

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Forecasters looking ahead to next snow chances

After coming short of initial predictions for substantial snowfall Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists are looking ahead to a couple of chances for wintry precipitation over the next several days as an active weather pattern continues.

Another “clipper” system is forecast to sweep through Thursday afternoon and evening. Such storms typically bring a dusting of snow from the west, and because this one is possibly arriving during the warmest part of the day, it could bring a mix of rain and snow or ice.

But forecasters expect it will largely pass to our north, bringing more snow to the Northeast but only light rain or flurries to Central Maryland.

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, said forecasters were watching that system even as snow continued to fall on Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine during Tuesday’s storm.

He said they are also watching the potential for a system that come Sunday, after what is expected to...

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