Sub-freezing temperatures forecast Thursday, some schools closed, power outages remain

Cloudy skies with high temperatures just below the freezing mark are forecast in the Baltimore area Thursday.

Morning lows were expected in the lower 20s, reaching the lower 30s by the afternoon. Northwest winds of 10-15 mph could make it feel like the teens and 20s throughout the day.

After an ice storm caused more than 150,000 power outages across the state Wednesday, about half of those households remained without electricity early Thursday morning. Baltimore Gas and Electric officials have warned that some outages may not be repaired until Friday.

There were about 72,000 outages statewide as of 10 a.m., according to emergency management officials. The outages are mostly concentrated in Baltimore County, which had close to 25,000 households without power, and in Carroll County, which had about 15,000 outages -- about 1 in 5 residents.

The freezing rain on Wednesday accumulated to as much as a half-inch in parts of the region. Carroll County and Harford County schools were closed Thursday, while schools in Baltimore County's Hereford Zone were on a two-hour delayed opening.

Cloudy skies were expected to remain through Friday and into the weekend. Highs Friday were forecast in the upper 30s, with lows in the lower 20s.

Snow chances are forecast for the weekend, though forecasters say it remains difficult to predict whether there will be significant accumulation.

Highs in the mid-30s are forecast for the weekend, with lows in the mid-20s Saturday night and in the mid-teens Sunday night.

Cold temperatures in the teens and 20s are forecast to start next week.

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