Baltimore temperatures expected to rise after cold snap closes schools

After a frigid cold snap in an unusually warm winter closed schools, we'll see temps in the 50s this weekend.

After a cold snap in the middle of an unusually warm winter closed some Baltimore-area schools Tuesday, temperatures are expected to rise slightly through the weekend.

Temperatures dipped into the teens just after 7 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record, and stayed below freezing for most of the day, rising to a high of 33 degrees just once, at 3:54 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

It was Baltimore's coldest weather since record-setting single-digit temperatures in early March, and it followed a record-warm December. Normal highs in January are in the lower 40s, with lows in the mid-20s.

Wednesday's high is expected to be closer to that, around 39 degrees, and temperatures will rise up through the 40s Thursday and Friday before topping out at 53 this weekend, the weather service said.

The freezing cold Tuesday prompted school officials in Baltimore and Baltimore County to close some schools and send students and faculty home early.

In Essex, Deep Creek Middle School also closed early due to heating issues. School system spokesman Mychael Dickerson said classes there were expected to resume Wednesday.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary/Middle School in Park Circle closed at 11:45 a.m., while Baltimore City College High School in Coldstream Homestead Montebello closed at 12:15 p.m.

Crews made progress in repairing boilers at four city schools, spokeswoman Edie House-Foster said. The school district will make its final decision Wednesday morning on when the schools will reopen for classes, she said.

Both school districts, which have the oldest school infrastructures in the state, have been at the center of debate about the conditions in schools in summer and winter months when students have to endure extreme temperatures.

House-Foster said work is also being done at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in Ednor Gardens, Northwestern High School in Fallstaff and Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Butcher's Hill, where boilers were not working at full capacity.

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