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Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington brace for near record-breaking cold tonight

Winter continues to impact the Middle Atlantic region even as we head toward spring. Snowfall amounts generally ranged from 4 to 6 inches in the cities today, with isolated higher amounts in Maryland and Virginia. With calm winds, a clear sky, and fresh snow cover tonight we can expect temperatures to plummet through the teens and into the single digits. Some spots outside of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington may drop to near zero!

National Weather Service forecast map
Map courtesy National Weather Service

Here are the record low temperatures for March 4 (data courtesy National Weather Service):

Philadelphia: 7 degrees in 1943

Baltimore: 5 degrees in 1873

Washington: 4 degrees in 1873

Dulles: 6 degrees in 1980

Richmond: 10 degrees in 2009

After a frigid start to the day on Tuesday, sunshine will return to the Middle Atlantic region and temperatures will recover (somewhat) into the 20s, except lower to middle 30s around Richmond. The mercury will fall back into the teens again on Wednesday morning, with mid teens to mid 20s expected on Thursday morning.

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