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Cold Air Settles In As Marylanders Bundle Up

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The cold air is settling in- but fortunately most roads are dry after rain Saturday night. The wind, however, is proving to be a much bigger inconvenience for folks.

Frigid temperatures are moving in and with it- lots of layers out of closets for those willing to brave the cold.

"It's very chilly out, I don't like this weather," said Nick Jones, a Baltimore resident.

Some of the concern is tapering off after forecasted rain left the state overnight, and with the sun out, most roadways around the region are dry.

But in shaded areas, there are still puddles of water and that is what could be a problem for those braving the cold outdoors, with gusts of sustained winds in the 40 to 50 mile per hour range. Which could put a hurt on those taking trips outside.

"The hardest part is feeling my ears at the moment," said Jeff Allard, another resident.

State transportation officials say they are taking every precaution to ensure no roads ice over.

"They'll be all out in force, them and our contracting crews, and we will be concentrating on the bridges, ramps, overpasses and the overall pavement on our network," said Charlie Gischlar, with MDOT State Highway Administration

And with temperatures this low, regular old salt treatments won't cut it, transportation officials say.

"We're going to have to get into our toolbox and use liquid magnesium to mix with the salt so that it's effective with very cold temperatures," Gischlar said

In the meantime- the name of the game is staying warm.

"Bundle up and dress in layers," said Nicole Freeman, another resident.

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