While it's been brutally cold in the mid-Atlantic and northeast over the last several days, the coldest weather with respect to average has been occurring in the South. Many locations set or tied record lows this morning.
The cold is here and it means business. For the next 36 hours, the wind chill index is unlikely to surpass 15 degrees. Early Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the index tanks into the single digits -- to as low as 5 degrees.
If you thought the cold early this week was bad, just wait until next week. We've been talking about it in our forecasts for days, but let me provide some specifics...
Temperatures inside the beltway and east toward the Bay will flirt with freezing tonight, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a freeze watch for these areas. The following locations are included in the watch: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS...WALDORF...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH
The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for a large portion of the north and west suburbs tonight into tomorrow morning. Areas under the watch include: Frederick, Montgomery, and Howard counties in Maryland, and Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier and Fairfax counties in Virginia.