Few flakes, lots of cold ahead

The Baltimore Sun

Marylanders might see more flakes in the air today, but the National Weather Service said most of the latest Eastern snowstorm will stay well to our south. The real weather news is the bitter cold arriving late today and tomorrow.

"With winds 10 to 20 mph out of the west-northwest [Sunday], wind-chill values will be in the teens. It's going to feel a lot colder than the already cold temperatures we're going to have," weather service meteorologist Rick Winther said.

The arctic cold sweeping across the country is sending temperatures into the single digits or lower in many areas, promising bitter cold for both National Football League conference playoff games tomorrow in Green Bay, Wis., and Foxborough, Mass.

It won't be quite that frigid in Baltimore, but forecasters expect lows in the 20s tonight and in the teens tomorrow night, with blustery winds making it feel colder.

BWI Marshall Airport has recorded 4.8 inches of snow in December and 2.4 inches in Thursday's storm, for a total of 7.2 inches. The average season brings 18 inches.

There is still time for more, but it won't come today, Winther said.

Still, a weather system cranking up yesterday in the northern Gulf of Mexico is expected to spread snow north and east.

Accumulations could reach 3 to 6 inches along a narrow strip from northern Alabama and northern Georgia to the western Carolinas, southeastern Virginia and the lower Delmarva peninsula.

"Northern Virginia will probably see some clouds, maybe a flurry," Winther said.

For Baltimore, he predicted "a flurry or two, that's about it."

Unlike Thursday's storm, this one is being held to our south by the advancing cold front, which has produced below-zero temperatures in the northern and central Great Plains.

Forecasters said late yesterday that Baltimore could expect a low of 22 tonight and 13 tomorrow night. Sunday will be the season's coldest day, Winther said.


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