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Wind chill advisory in effect until noon Tuesday

A wind chill advisory is in effect for the Baltimore region until noon Tuesday, with wind chills dipping to five below, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts have been reaching up to 30 mph, with temperatures in the lower 20s at midday. Wind chills were below zero in the early morning hours and reached 8 degrees by noon.

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The cold is forecast to last into Tuesday, with overnight lows in the teens.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen extended a "Code Blue" advisory through 10 a.m. Wednesday, urging vulnerable populations and the homeless to seek shelter.

Chilly weather is expected to continue until the weekend, where early forecast predictions show heavy snowfall for the area.

The Baltimore area could see some snow before, with snow showers possible Wednesday evening.

The area could see significant snow fall Friday into Saturday, with the potential to cause significant travel delays and closures thanks to a low-pressure system that is expected to form over Louisiana and Mississippi, moving up to the Carolinas by Friday.

Early predictions call for the possibility of a foot or more of snow.

Highs the rest of the week will hover in the mid-30s, and drop into the 20s overnight.

Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Dance contributed to this story.

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