Snow Squall Walk

Downtown Frederick pedestrians fight high winds and a snow squall Wednesday morning as they cross Patrick Street. Snow was drifting across many roads as the winds increased.

Frederick County officials warned residents to take precautions in anticipation of frigid weather Wednesday night.

The county's Department of Emergency Preparedness asked residents to watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, along with bringing pets inside from the cold and to drive only if absolutely necessary, among other tips, according to a news release.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens Wednesday night, with wind chills reaching 13 below zero. 

For more tips, visit, email the Department of Emergency Preparedness at or call 301-600-1746.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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Spare me.... I’m visiting a friend on a farm in Iowa. It hit -21 yesterday morning...not adding the wind chill on top of that.


Where in Iowa jw?

My wife and I have family in several places across the state. Her relatives are farmers.


Back in the day, growing up in a cabin up on Thompson Pass, Alaska (east of Valdez) we got an average of almost 1,000 inches of snow.

That made for some good snow forts, let me tell you!

Then we moved to Crater Lake, CA where the typical winter snowfall was only a bit over 800 inches. That was a bit of a letdown, but we kids made do.



My home town is getting an old fashioned snow storm will possibllities of 3 to 4 feet of snow. A few miles away, on Tug Hill, they expect 6 feet of snow. And temperatures are below zero, actual temperatures, not temperatures that feel like that because of wind.

We were a rural county. Really rural, not like Frederick County. Our population was 25,000.


What does the cold have to do with not driving your car? I lived in Wisconsin in the 70s and when it got cold, it stayed cold until spring. Once it snowed, it stayed on the ground all winter. Never slowed us down from driving. Snowmobiling was our winter recreation - sometimes when it was 20 below.

No such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing and preparation.


In northern N.Y. we never closed school because of snow or cold. One day we had a snow fall, somewhere between 4 and 6 feet. We had school that day. I was about 12 or 13 and asked my mother if I could stay home and she said yes. So, I spent the day building a snow fort and a igloo. Boys next door went to school and called me a wimp.

That day the large nose plows could only plow a single lane on the main street.


We drove on ice and snow all winter because salt is only good for melting snow down to about zero.


I'm from the PA "wilds", Allegeny mountains, 10 mi from the highest peak. Stays cold. Driving is fine because there isn't that "freeze-thaw-black ice" sydrome that happens here. Snow provides traction.


Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency for all of Wisconsin Monday as a major winter storm brought blizzard-like conditions ahead of a cold snap that will bring the most extreme temperatures in a generation. All drivers are warned to stay off the roads.


Testify bosco!

I lived in Madison in the late '70s and early '80s. One winter, it stayed below zero for days at a time. Wind chills of -30 to -40, were common, and it got down to -60 to -70 a couple nights. We just dressed for it.

I will admit though, I came back to Maryland wondering why people *choose* to live in the Midwest![cool]

IDK about the snowmobiling in those temps -- that sounds brisk.

I remember driving on a mix of snow and sand all winter.

The 1973 Plymouth Valiant I had never failed to start -- even at -30*F (actual air temp) but boy did it creak and groan. Every moving part -- the door hinges, the seat springs, the suspension -- nothing wanted to move.


Here north of Middletown it's currently 5*F, on the way to a forecast minus 1 (-1*F).

Is it that much warmer in Frederick?


Frederick is 8° real feel is -4°


It's now 3*F here, wind chill is -10.

Current prediction is for -2*F, -15 wind chill early tomorrow morning.

I'm wondering where the FNP got their weather data.

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