Delmarva weather: Arctic blast to bring dangerous wind chill and coldest Christmas in years

Arctic 5DELMARVA – A significant blast of arctic air that’s already enveloped much of the country will surge across Delmarva on Friday, bringing with it a dangerously cold wind chill and ensuring the coldest Christmas the area has experienced in over 20 years.

The arctic front will cross Delmarva mid to late Friday morning, with a band of showers that will end as a brief shot of snow in some areas. No accumulation is expected. However, strong west winds behind the front will make driving conditions difficult. Winds may gust up to 50mph at times throughout the afternoon, prompting wind advisories across the region. Also, coastal flooding will be a concern across Delmarva due to the high winds.

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With the high winds will come a dramatic drop in temperature, with readings falling well below freezing in the afternoon. Even as winds relax Friday evening, temperatures will drop to near 10 just before sunrise Saturday, with colder spots in the single digits. Wind chill readings will dip to near or below 0 at times Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

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High pressure will settle into the region for Christmas weekend, with frigid temperatures expected into early next week. The temperature is not expected to climb above freezing again until early next week. Here is the latest 7-day forecast:

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