By Deb Belt and Elizabeth Janney
Winter is dealing Maryland a one-two punch with the coldest temperatures in 20 years en route after last week's snowfall that totaled four inches in Bowie.Dangerously cold air from Canada will blanket the region Monday, on the heels of Sunday's freezing rain.
How cold are we talking?
"Bitterly cold conditions are expected behind an Arctic front Monday through Tuesday night. Record cold temperatures are expected across the area. This air mass may turn out to be the coldest in 20 years. Dangerously low wind chills are also expected during this time," according to the National Weather Service.
On the Chesapeake Bay, gales are likely Monday night and could stick around Tuesday on the water, the weather service reported.
Here’s the forecast for Bowie:
Monday—Rain, possibly mixing with snow after 11 a.m., then gradually tapering off. Temperatures will fall to 32 degrees by 5 p.m. Winds of 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph are predicted. Little to no accumulation is expected. Monday night will be clear with wind chills as low as -11 degrees possible. The evening will also be breezy, with winds around 25 mph and gusting up to 31 mph.
Tuesday—Sunny with a high of 15 degrees, wind chills as low as -12. Winds of 14 to 17 mph are predicted. Temps will drop to around 6 degrees overnight.
Wednesday—Mostly sunny with highs back near 30.
Thursday—Cloudy and highs rebound to the lower 40, with a chance of rain or snow overnight.