WASHINGTON — The sun has set on what was a windy Wednesday, and the D.C. area can look forward to less-brutal wind chills — and better hair — on Thursday.
Gusts of up to 40 mph were recorded on Wednesday at Reagan National Airport, pushing wind chills well below freezing.
The D.C. area was under a wind advisory for much of the day. The National Weather Service lifted it a few hours early at around 2 p.m., but not before the winds had caused scattered power outages. Limited restrictions were in place Wednesday on area bridges, as the strong winds made driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
Winds will lighten up further on Thursday, but it will remain cold. Showers will roll in Friday afternoon, leading to unsettled but warmer weather this weekend.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny, windy and cold; wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph.
Highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s; wind chills in the 20s.
Wednesday night: Clear and cold; winds slowly diminishing. Lows in the mid-20s to lower 30s; wind chills in the teens.
Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy; breezy at times. Highs in the low to mid-40s.
Friday: Mostly cloudy; a chance of afternoon showers. Highs in the mid- to upper 40s.
Saturday: A few morning showers. Rain likely mid- to late afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Sunday: A shower possible; warmer. Highs in the low to mid-60s.
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