Not as bad yet as 1976-77, but the Chesapeake Bay is beginning to ice over, and authorities are taking it seriously, deploying ice-breaking vessels to various trouble spots. Scroll down to watch a news report
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to station an icebreaker boat to Annapolis in anticipation of icy conditions in the Chesapeake Bay. The John C. Widener will stay at City Dock for the season .
As of yesterday, The Coast Guard closed the Capes to inbound and outbound vessel traffic, declaring "Ice Condition Two."
Ice Two is set when there is significant formation of ice in navigable waters.
Coast Guard Cutter Chock, homeported in Baltimore, was sent conduct ice-breaking and other relief efforts at, and in the vicinity of, Tangier Island, part of Virginia off Maryland's eastern shore.
Extremely cold temperatures are forecasted to stick around the Mid-Atlantic at least through the weekend, with a coastal storm possibly bringing light snow to the area on Thursday.