A strong cold front is moving through the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, and wind chill values will drop as low as 10 below zero overnight, according to a report the National Weather Service (NWS) released Saturday afternoon.
Unless precautions are taken, frostbite and hypothermia could occur due to cold air and strong winds combining to generate low wind chills, according to the NWS. Forecasters advise those who must venture outdoors to make sure they wear hats and gloves.
Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour will blow through the area with gusts up to 55 miles per hour, according to NWS.
Temperatures will be dropping to the 20s this evening, the NWS predicts, and a wind chill advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday evening to 10 a.m. Sunday with wind chill values dropping as low as 10 below zero to zero overnight.
Maryland State Highway Administration officials are warning drivers to watch out for the high winds and wet and icy pavement, Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the SHA told the Gazette.
The wet conditions will be followed by rapidly falling temperatures, Gischlar warned.