Vincent Ayd, owner of Ayd Hardware, gives some tips for snow removal after Baltimore received a light dusting on Saturday. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun video)

An arctic blast could send New Year’s Eve temperatures in Baltimore to 10 degrees or lower, with wind gusts making it feel below zero.

“It’s going to be frigid,” said NOAA meteorologist-in-charge James Lee. “Champagne will be freezing in the glass.”


A dusting of snow coated Baltimore and much of Central Maryland early Saturday morning. Scattered snow showers resumed late in the afternoon.

Most of the area recorded less than an inch of snow, including BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, where half an inch of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service. The additional snow Saturday night was expected to lead to “little or no accumulation.”

Maryland, like much of the Midwest, Northeast and South, remains stuck in a pattern of cold weather.

Temperatures rose above freezing during the day Saturday. Wind gusts of 20 to 30 miles per hour were expected through Saturday night, then temperatures will fall to the teens on Sunday and remain there Monday. There is no precipitation in the forecast.

“The first chance of even being around freezing is Wednesday, and even that’s a stretch,” Lee said.

That means New Year’s Eve revelers and Ravens fans heading to Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals should dress warmly.

“Anyone going out any time in the next 48 hours needs to bundle up in layers, and watch out for frozen spots” as a result of Saturday’s precipitation, Lee said.