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Bitter cold: Wind chills dip below zero across DC region

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WASHINGTON - Like much of the nation, D.C. is being hit by a “polar vortex," and you can't miss it.  Temperatures have taken a nose dive, but it feels much colder than it really is.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories for much of the D.C. region.  Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, Waldorf, St. Mary's City, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fredericksburg will be under a wind chill advisory until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.  Wind chills were expected to dip to between -5 and -15 degrees in those areas.

A separate advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday, and includes the cities of Westminster, Gaithersburg, Columbia, Culpeper, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Fairfax.  Wind chills in those areas were expected to reach between -10 and -15 degrees, the lowest of which are expected to occur after midnight Monday through Tuesday morning. 

Winds across the D.C. area are expected to range between 15-25 MPH, with gusts up to 35 MPH.  Temperatures are expected to be at their lowest just in time for Tuesday's morning commute.

With temperatures this low, frost bite and hypothermia are likely if precautions are not taken.

During wind chill advisories like this one, the National Weather Service suggests people stay indoors as much as possible. If you can't avoid going out, it's important to bundle up, and don’t forget your hat and gloves.
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