Record Breaking Arctic Air Forecast for Four State Region Next Week

- HAGERSTOWN, MD (WHAG) - As we work into next week, we are going to see our next shot of winter weather, but this system will not be your average system. Records will be challenged, if not broken in many locations. This system will bring some of the worst and coldest weather our region has seen in over 2 decades. Here is the breakdown of what you can expect from Sunday through Tuesday. 

FREEZING RAIN: As temperatures will struggle to recover from the single digits forecast on Friday Night, as precipitation develops on Sunday Morning, we are expected a period of a wintry mix or freezing rain before this changes all over to rain as temperatures warm up on Sunday. 

SNOW: As the cold front crosses through the area, rain will change over to snow as temperatures drop. There could be a light accumulation of snow before all precipitation comes to an end.

WIND CHILL: Once this arctic front moves through the area, temperatures will drop for majority of the day on Monday into the evening hours, and the winds will also become gusty at 20-25 MPH. This will create dangerously low wind chills, anywhere from -5 to -20 across the area, with wind chill values dropping as low as -40 in the higher elevations. 

RECORD BREAKING COLD: According to the latest forecast discussion from the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington D.C., they are saying "Coldest outbreak since January 19-21, 1994 expected Monday Night through Tuesday Night". The record low for Tuesday Morning in Hagerstown is -1, set back in 1940.  Right now, our forecast low is -4, which will break the standing 74 year old record. Actual air temperatures in the higher elevations have the potential to go into double digits below zero.

DEADLY TO ALL: With temperatures in the sub-zero range, combined with those winds creating those dangerously low wind chills, can make a deadly combination. People need to be checked on regularly, especially the elderly and children, who do not need to be outside for an extended period of time, if at all. All skin needs to be covered because exposed skin can be subject to hypothermia and frost bite. Pets and livestock will be very vulnerable to the elements because these are not temperatures normally experienced by animals in this region. Livestock will need to be regularly checked and brought into shelter if possible.  Dogs and cats will need to be moved inside.

TUESDAY: Skies will break for some sunshine, but with the polar vortex overhead with high pressure building into the region,temperatures will only top out in the lower teens, and dropping back into the single digits overnight Tuesday into Wednesday Morning. Temperatures will finally begin to moderate as we get into Wednesday and Thursday with another chance of snow as we get into Thursday.

Stay with WHAG: Your Local Weather Leader, we'll keep you ahead of the dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast as we get into next week.

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