Bundle up and stay warm. Bitter cold temperatures are here and a winter storm over the weekend could make matters worse.
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