Biting winds and frigid temperatures are expected Wednesday as the region clears out from a storm that dumped as much as 11 inches of snow in parts of the region.
Temperatures, which hit 6 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, were forecast to climb only to 16 degrees in Baltimore, according to the National Weather Service's morning report. Skies will be sunny, but a northwest wind of about 15 miles per hour will make it feel more like 8 below zero.
All the public school systems in the Baltimore region were closed Wednesday for the second day in a row, while the state of Maryland and Baltimore City government declared a liberal leave policy for employees. Federal government offices in the Washington area were on a two-hour delayed opening with a liberal leave policy Wednesday; they were closed Tuesday.
The low temperature Wednesday night was expected to be 5 degrees in Baltimore, and winds will slow slightly with a wind chill making it feel like 3 degrees below zero. There was a slight chance of flurries Thursday, according to NWS.
A trained spotter in Harford County's Scarboro area measured the snowfall there at 11.2 inches as of about 11 p.m. Tuesday, the highest in the region. As of Tuesday night, 8 inches of snow had fallen in the Fells Point area of Baltimore; about 8 inches in Towson, Columbia, Ellicott City and Dundalk; nearly 11 inches in Westminster, 9 to 10 inches in Bel Air and Cockeysville; and 7 inches at BWI Airport and Odenton.
Temperatures will not rise above freezing until Saturday, when the high temperature will likely hit 35 degrees, according to the NWS. Thursday's high temperatures will be in the low to mid-20s, with sub-zero wind chills.
Many roads in the region were still slick or had not been plowed Wednesday morning, and drivers were urged to be extremely cautious. Drifting snow from the high winds and extremely low temperatures were expected to complicate efforts to clear roads.
Interstate 83 was clear from the Beltway to downtown Baltimore with some slick spots early Wednesday morning.
By 5 a.m., Baltimore County officials said half the roads there had been plowed and that they expected to clear all streets by noon. Crews had used 6,000 tons of salt on roads in Baltimore City by midnight Tuesday, according to transportation officials.
As of 6:30 a.m., there were no significant power outages in the region except for an area north of Westminster, where more than 1,8500 customers were without power for one point Wednesday morning, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric. Trash, recycling and bulk waste pickup was cancelled for Wednesday, official said, with the makeup day scheduled for Saturday. Residents can call 311 to reschedule bulk trash pickup.