Welcome to The Baltimore Sun's Winter Storm Live Blog. I'm Tim Swift and I'll be your editor for today. Look for updates from public officials on social media and news from Baltimore Sun staffers including weather blogger Scott Dance and breaking news reporter Carrie Wells. As always tips and comments are appreciated.
Wind gusts have reached 25-35 mph so far this morning at BWI Marshall Airport, and they're expected to get stronger, up to 45 mph. Air temperatures may have bottomed out at 15 degrees as of 9 a.m. at the airport, and with the wind, it feels as cold as 5 degrees below zero. A wind chill advisory is in effect across the region until noon.
Wind chills reached 6 degrees below zero in Westminster and 10-15 degrees below zero in Frederick County this morning, according to National Weather Service data. It was 16 degrees at BWI Airport at 10 a.m. with 15-25 mph winds, for wind chills of nearly 5 degrees below zero.
The Baltimore Health Department has extended the Code Blue through 10 a.m. Saturday because of continued forecasted low temperates and wind chill. The Code Blue mobilizes resources to ensure the homeless and other vulnerable populations are sheltered from the cold.
BGE has restored power to most of its customers in Towson. Almost 400 homes were without power earlier today. Now the largest number of outages in the region are in Catonsville with about 79 homes without electricity.
A wind chill advisory across the region has been canceled shortly before it was set to expire at noon, but it remains dangerously cold out there. At BWI Airport, temperatures were at 18 degrees shortly before noon with wind gusts up to 30 mph, making it still feel around zero or below. Health officials warned that the combination of cold temperatures and wind could lead to frostbite and hypothermia and urged residents to bundle up.