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Baltimore weather: Christmas Day chill expected to continue Saturday

That cold air that descended on the Baltimore area on Christmas Day isn’t leaving right away.

Temperatures at BWI Marshall Airport on Friday reached a high of only 33 degrees, around 3 p.m., and dipped to 25 degrees by 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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Temperatures overnight Friday into Saturday are expected to dip as low as 22 degrees with a west wind of 11 to 14 mph and gusts as high as 18 mph.

Cameron Allen, 5, tries out his younger sister's new scooter, left, while his cousin Kaiden Watkins, 8, rides Cameron's new car as the two played at Marble Hall Gardens in Northwood on Christmas Day.
Cameron Allen, 5, tries out his younger sister's new scooter, left, while his cousin Kaiden Watkins, 8, rides Cameron's new car as the two played at Marble Hall Gardens in Northwood on Christmas Day. (Amy Davis)

The weather service attributed this to “frigid cold air” associated with a cold front.

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Saturday’s high is expected to be near 34 degrees with west wind of 8 to 11 mph. The wind chill factor will be 14 degrees. Saturday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 24 and west wind dying down to around 5 mph, then mostly disappearing.

Sunday will be sunny with a high near 43 and calm wind becoming southeast at 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. The temperature on Monday is likely to reach 51 degrees, the weather service said.

Heading into Christmas, the agency predicted a slight chance of snow flurries in the Baltimore area. Those didn’t materialize, but pockets of snow showers were seen in Southern Maryland and in southwest parts of Washington D.C.

In higher elevations in the western part of the state, Garrett County had about 5 inches of snow.

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On Christmas Eve, when temperatures reached a high of 61 degrees, Baltimore got 0.62 inches of rain at BWI, the agency said.

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