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Wednesday forecast: More cold, wind, with chance of flurries

More dangerous cold and wind chills are forecast Wednesday in the Baltimore area, with a chance of flurries in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to climb only to the upper 20s from overnight lows in the teens. At BWI Marshall Airport, the mercury dropped to 12 degrees early Wednesday, the coldest temperature recorded there in almost two years exactly -- it fell to a low of 8 degrees Jan. 24, 2011.

Skies should be sunny but winds still gusty, with 15-20 mph breezes making it feel as much as 15 degrees colder.

Scattered light snow showers are forecast in the northern suburbs and possibly further south around midnight, possibly bringing a dusting of accumulation.

Thursday could warm up slightly, with highs in the lower 30s and lows in the upper 20s.

But temperatures are expected to remain at or below the freezing mark through Sunday, according to the weather service's five-day forecast.

A Code Blue alert is in effect in Baltimore through Sunday evening, triggering additional emergency services for the homeless. Code Blue is typically activated when the temperature, including wind chill, drops below 14 degrees.

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