UPDATED: Feb. 19, 2015 7:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — As an arctic blast hits the region, it brings record-breaking temperatures with it.
The National Weather Service says the bitter cold temperatures have broken records in D.C. and Baltimore. The NWS says Thursday’s high temperature of 15 degree at Washington Dulles Airport broke the record for daily low maximum of 28 set in 1993. And in Baltimore, Thursday’s high of 18 degrees broke the record of 19 degrees set in 1903.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the region until 12 p.m. Friday.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. If you venture outdoors, make sure you layer up and wear a hat and gloves.
The combination of gusty winds and cold temperatures Wednesday night through Thursday may result in dangerous wind chills that can quickly cause hypothermia and frost bite, according to the NWS.
D.C. saw a brief burst of snow showers and squalls Wednesday night, which was followed by a wind chill of zero to 10 degrees below zero late Wednesday night into Thursday. Thursday’s wind chills will drop into the 5 to 15 below zero range, with some suburbs seeing even lower temperatures.
Meteorologists say the end of the week will bring the coldest temperatures of the season. The highs on Thursday and Friday will be only in the mid to high teens. Lows will be in the negatives.
WUSA9 Meteorologist Topper Shutt reports Thursday night into Friday could record the coldest air the area since 1994. High temperatures won’t make it out of the teens on Thursday.
Shutt adds that wind chills will be between -15 and -30 degrees by Friday morning.
Due to extreme cold weather, service along the NEC will continue to operate on a modified schedule on 2/19 & 2/20. http://t.co/gBqqzEGsX2— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) February 18, 2015
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