Gusty winds, highs in mid-30s amid sunshine Thursday

A cold front brought a return to frigid temperatures overnight, with highs Thursday forecast in the mid-30s amid gusty winds.

Wind chills were expected to drop into the teens Thursday morning and in the 20s in the afternoon. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph were forecast.

Sunny skies were forecast throughout the day.

Overnight, the high winds caused some localized power outages, mostly in Baltimore County. Baltimore Gas and Electric reported crews had restored power to about 27,000 customers in the Baltimore region overnight. About 3,500 BGE customers in the region remained without power at about 9:30 a.m.

Wind gusts Wednesday night reached 53 mph at BWI Airport, 52 mph at Martin State Airport, 57 mph near Manchester in Carroll County, and 51 mph early Thursday morning on the Chesapeake Bay near Sparrows Point.

In Locust Point, a house in the 1400 block of Cooksie St. that had been gutted after a fire in January collapsed Wednesday night. A car was crushed by the debris but no one was injured, fire officials said.

Temperatures could drop to the lower 20s Thursday night into Friday morning, but after that, winds were expected to calm and temperatures to warm back up. Highs could reach the mid-50s Friday and the upper 50s Saturday, with lows in the mid- to upper-30s.

Partly cloudy skies were expected for the weekend, with a chance of rain showers arriving late Sunday, lasting into Monday.

Another chill could be ahead Sunday night through Monday with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

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