After a blustery Wednesday, winds lighten up a bit overnight

A view of D.C. traffic from Chain Bridge in November 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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.

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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.

The forecast

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.

Power outages

The map below contains current power outages in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. This map is updated every 10 minutes.

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report.

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer.

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