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Wintry chill ties one record, nearly misses another

The wintry chill of Arctic air that arrived this weekend tied one 133-year-old record Sunday and appears to have just missed another record Monday.

Sunday's high temperature of 32 degrees matched the coldest high for the date on record in Baltimore, set in 1880. It was also the first day at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that did not break above freezing since Feb. 17.

Temperatures also dipped below freezing at the Inner Harbor on Sunday morning, hitting 28 degrees. It was the first freeze of the season there, slightly later than normal. On average, downtown's first freeze comes between Nov. 11 and Nov. 20.

Later that day, temperatures hovered around 33 degrees downtown during the Ravens-Jets game at M&T Bank Stadium.

It got even colder Monday morning, 25 degrees at the Inner Harbor and 19 degrees at BWI. That reading at BWI, the point of record for Baltimore, was one degree away from tying a record low last set in 1956.

The reading is preliminary, however, so National Weather Service forecasters could revise it up or down by a degree when they enter today's conditions into the official observations this evening.

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