By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is bundling up for the coldest night felt in months.

Rick Ritter with more on this cold snap.

This is the coldest it’s been in Baltimore since last March. After being spoiled with high temperatures in December, many admit they were not ready for this Arctic blast.

Hard-hitting temperatures, a wind chill that stings and some light flurries — it’s an Arctic blast Baltimore has been dreading.

“It’s definitely a shock. I’m not ready for it,” said Asia Miller.

Down at the Inner Harbor, some battle the bitter cold Monday night for ice skating.

“It’s cold, and really cold on the ice,” said Emily Rosenthal.

Closer to the water, it’s even worse.

“The wind is blowing extra hard, like almost blowing me away,” said Miller.

Many are reaching for warmth.

“Maryland weather has been all over the place, but I think this is the coldest it’s been this year,” said Rosenthal.

Monday night is the coldest it’s been in Baltimore since March 7 of last year.

“November and December a little hotter than usual,” one man said.

Forcing the city to issue its first “Code Blue” of 2016, warning of hypothermia.

“Cold weather can be just as dangerous as hot weather. People die from this every year,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.

The blast brought snow to Western Maryland.

Spots, like Wisp Ski Resort, that have lost big money due to a warm December are now able to make snow and soon expect to be booming.

“I feel like it’s going to snow probably even worse than it did last year,” said Miller.

Meaning the cold has officially arrived.

Now that it’s cold enough to make snow, some ski resorts expect to be open by the end of the week.

The city is urging people to bundle up over the next few days and to make sure your pets are inside.

Rick Ritter

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