Alan's Saturday Evening Forecast 1/4

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TONIGHT: Cold with a few clouds. Lows in the upper teens to low 20s.

SUNDAY: A warm front will approach bringing in moisture in off the Atlantic. At the same time, cold air will remain trapped at the surface leading to some areas of freezing drizzle, especially along and east of I 81. Timing will be from mid morning through early afternoon. Late in the afternoon and evening, any freezing rain will change to light rain with temperatures rising to near 40 late in the day. Expect .10" to .25" of rain with around a .10" of ice. Be careful traveling in the morning with the freezing drizzle.

MONDAY: A strong Arctic cold front will move through bringing showers throughout the morning. As very cold air pushes in behind the front, rain may change to a brief period of snow with 1"-3" possible west of the Allegheny front. The high of 36 will be in the morning with temperatures falling to below zero Monday night. The record low in Hagerstown is -1 set back in 1940. Winds will gust up to 40mph sending wind chills down to dangerous levels at -20 to -40 below zero. Frost bite can occur in 5 minutes with this type of cold so be prepared to bundle up in layers while outside and don't forget about your pets.

TUESDAY: The polar vortex from the pole comes down into the United States bringing in temperatures into the low teens for highs. Wind chills will remain below zero.

WEDNESDAY: Not as cold or as windy with a mix of clouds and sunshine. The high 28.

THURSDAY: We will watch for a weak system to bring the chance for some flurries. It does not look like a big storm with a high in the mid 30s.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy and not nearly as cold with a high around 40.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and warming up into the mid 40s.

Enjoy your day! Alan

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