Sunny skies are forecast over the Baltimore region Wednesday, but bitter cold is expected to linger one more day, with temperatures reaching the lower 20s and wind chills making it feel like the single digits.
Less than an inch of snow fell over much of the Baltimore region overnight, lightly coating and slickening roads, which were in the process of being treated. The morning started off at 9 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and 13 degrees in the Inner Harbor.
Most area public school systems -- Baltimore, Baltimore County, Carroll, and Howard -- were on a two-hour delayed opening. Harford County public schools were closed.
Anne Arundel County private schools were encouraged by county officials to open two hours late but public schools were already closed for a previously scheduled break.
The state of Maryland called for a liberal leave policy for employees until 11 a.m.
Two to three inches of snow were measured across Anne Arundel County. More snow fell in southern Maryland, with as much as three to five inches in Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties.
A 10-20 mph breeze was expected to keep wind chills in the single digits through the morning and afternoon.
Clear skies and calming winds overnight Wednesday into Thursday could drop air temperatures into the single digits for a ninth morning this month, with lows expected slightly below 10 degrees.
Thursday could bring an upswing in temperature, though conditions are still expected to be colder than normal, with highs around freezing. Lows Thursday night into Friday morning are forecast in the lower 20s.
Clouds are expected to move in by Friday, with highs around 40 degrees, and Saturday temperatures could rise above normal to the upper 40s.