Bundle up and stay warm. Bitter cold temperatures are here and a winter storm over the weekend could make matters worse.If the arctic chill wasn't bad enough, another storm is moving into the area. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for areas north and west of Washington D.C. from Saturday morning through late Sunday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for D.C. and areas south and east from 9 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
At this time, it appears that snow will start to move into the area starting at around 10 a.m. The precipitation will transition into a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain into the afternoon at around 4 p.m. Eventually, all rain will fall overnight and into early Sunday morning as the temperatures rises. The system should clear out by Sunday morning.
As always, the rain/snow/sleet line is extremely important when looking at accumulation totals. At this time, the D.C. area could be on the receiving end of anywhere from between 1 to 5 inches of snow. Areas to the north and west could receive 5 inches or more. Areas to the south and east could receive less, if not mostly rain.
The National Weather Service says the low Friday got down to 6 degrees at Reagan National Airport, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. That beats the record low of 8 degrees, set in 1896.
At Baltimore's airport, the temperature dipped down to 2 degrees. The record was 4 degrees, set in 1979.
The cold temperatures, gusty winds, and winter precipitation could leave many vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia.
Here are some tips to stay safe:
-Frostbite takes minutes when 20 degrees & 20 mph
-Dress appropriate: wear layers
-Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine
-If you get wet, get indoors immediately and change clothes
-If any part of your feels numb, get inside immediately.
-Call the Hypothermia Hotline 1-800-535-7252
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.