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Winter storm watch for Friday night after single-digit wind chill on Thursday

Winter storm watch for Friday night after single-digit wind chill on Thursday
Eric Parrish is protected from the cold and wind chill as he directs traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Thursday, December 15, 2016. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

After Thursday's strong winds and wind chills in the single digits, expect roadways and sidewalks to become slippery Friday night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for late Friday night.

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According to NWS meteorologist Heather Kenyon, snow is expected to start after 10 p.m. Friday and switch to a wintry mix after midnight.

"We expect about a half-inch to an inch of snow accumulation and then we could see a tenth to two-tenths of ice," Kenyon said.

Bitter cold remains as winter weather arrives Friday night.

Weather.com listed the temperature in Westminster at 4 p.m. on Thursday as 17 degrees with a wind chill index of 1 thanks to winds gusting past 20 mph.

Kenyon expects temperatures in the low 20s late Friday night with a slow temperature increase continuing into Saturday. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker said he expects periods of rain Saturday morning with a high of 45 degrees.

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Eric Parrish is protected from the cold and wind chill as he directs traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Eric Parrish is protected from the cold and wind chill as he directs traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Thursday, December 15, 2016. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)
Eric Parrish is protected from the cold and wind chill as he directs traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Eric Parrish is protected from the cold and wind chill as he directs traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Thursday, December 15, 2016. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)
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