Cold will hang around most of the week, flurries possible Front drives out unusually warm temperatures.

December 16, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

Don't rub your eyes . . . the thermometer hasn't been playing tricks on you.

On Saturday morning, the temperature was a balmy 62 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Airport -- a record high there for the date. Tonight, the lows are expected to drop into the upper teens.

And there's talk of snow flurries in the area tomorrow afternoon.

The cold front that punched into the metropolitan area Saturday on wind gusts up to 50 mph brought with it typically winter conditions from Canada, said National Weather Service forecaster Ken Shaver.

"Saturday morning was unseasonably warm and then came the wind," Shaver said. "It was a powerful wind that knocked out power in some areas and did some other minor damage."

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported that more than 53,000 customers were left without power Saturday night after the high winds knocked trees onto power lines.

PEPCO said 13,000 customers in the western part of the state had their electricity cut off.

Power was fully restored by yesterday afternoon.

Now that the cold weather is here, it is expected to stay for a while.

"We'll be lucky if we see the 32-degree mark for a couple of days," Shaver said.

Snow flurries are predicted for late afternoon tomorrow to the north and west of Baltimore.

In Garrett County, the westernmost county, lows will drop to at least 10 degrees tonight with a 40 percent chance of light snow or flurries by tomorrow afternoon.

Shaver said normal conditions should return to the metropolitan area by Thursday, when the high temperature will be around 42 degrees and the overnight lows just below freezing.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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