Cold weather returns Saturday

Area residents shouldn’t put away their winter clothes. A cold snap could hit this weekend, experts say.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the upper 20s or lower 30s will return to the region early Saturday morning. Meteorologist Brian LaSorsa said Thursday that the Northern Shenandoah Valley could expect to experience warm temperatures through Friday evening turning colder into Saturday.

Western Maryland could see some winter precipitation, LaSorsa said. Experts predict no accumulation for the region but that could change, he said.

“I think the biggest story is it’s going to turn out very windy overnight (tonight) and then Saturday and temperatures are going to fall very sharply,” LaSorsa said. “You may be in the upper 50s to around 60 Friday evening and by the time, say, 7 a.m. Saturday rolls around, you’re gonna be in the upper 20s, lower 30s.”

Temperatures could drop by about 30 degrees within a few hours on Saturday morning once the cold front moves through the area.

Wet roads in the region could turn icy by Saturday morning even if the area receives only a minimal amount of precipitation, LaSorsa warned. Strong winds could help dry the roads, he added.

Saturday temperatures should hover around the upper 20s and lower 30s with blustery winds and then drop into the teens for most areas, LaSorsa said, adding that temperatures could dip below normal but not threaten to break any records.