Up to 2 inches of snow fall ahead of bitter cold's return

Intense snowfall limited visibility and slickened the morning commute before bitter cold and blustery winds blew into the region Wednesday.

Snowfall totals around the region included 1.4 inches in northwest Baltimore, 1.8 inches in Ellicott City, 1.1 inches near Eldersburg and 1 inch near Middle River. Intense bands of snowfall brought white-out conditions around mid-morning.

Heavier snow totals were reported to the southwest, with 3.5 inches in Washington, D.C., and 2 inches in Takoma Park, Olney and Gaithersburg.

Temperatures reached the mid-30s by mid-afternoon. But winds of 15-25 mph were expected to make it feel no warmer than the 20s.

The air behind the snow system was expected to be frigid and dry. Lows Wednesday night into Thursday morning were expected in the mid- to upper teens, with dew points in the single digits.

Sunny skies were expected Thursday with highs in the upper 30s, but with winds of up to 15-25 mph making it feel like the teens and 20s. Temperatures could drop into the mid-teens by Friday morning, with dew points several degrees below zero making the air feel remarkably dry.

Friday was forecast to be the coldest day of the week, with highs in the mid-20s, lows in the upper teens and dew points around zero.

A chance for snow or a wintry mix was expected for the weekend, with temperatures in the lower to mid-30s.

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