Thursday forecast: Chill returns with wind, highs in 40s

Colder temperatures are returning to the Baltimore area Thursday after a cold front passed through the region overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Some lingering rain showers are possible early as that system moves on, but partly cloudy skies are expected for the rest of the day, with highs in the mid-40s.

Windy conditions with 20-30 mph breezes and up to 50 mph gusts are in the forecast, making temperatures feel like the 30s. A wind advisory is in effect through 6 p.m.

The conditions were causing widespread power outages. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported 2,000 without power and 7,000 customers whose power had been restored, nearly half of each in Howard County, as of 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Overnight lows are expected around freezing, with a chance of snow showers. A dusting of snow, possibly a quarter of an inch, is expected across Central Maryland, according to weather service forecast maps. Accumulation could be limited mainly to grassy surfaces because of the recent warmth, forecasters said.

Friday through the weekend is expected to be colder, with highs near 40 and lows back in the 20s. Another chance of snow showers arrives overnight Saturday.

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