As mind-numbingly cold as this winter has been so far, the weather is about to get a whole lot worse, the National Weather Service predicts.
The East Coast — starting with Tallahassee, Florida — could face a “winter hurricane” that will bring both hurricane-force winds and snow, the weather service said. In addition, coastal Georgia and the Carolinas will also get some snow before the storm forges a Northeast path.
In D.C., a coating of snow could appear Wednesday night. The temperature at Dulles Airport dropped to just one degree early Wednesday morning, smashing the previous 1979 record low of 8 degrees.
The weather service warned of a possibly hairy commute for Thursday morning, with the highest risk near and east of Interstate 95.
Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, which could get two to four inches of snow, will be under a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. Wednesday night to 11 a.m. Thursday.
So far, 11 deaths have been attributed to the record-breaking cold snap engulfing much of the nation. The freeze is expected to last at least through the weekend, with temperatures in the region not expected to rise above 40 degrees until Monday.