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Wind gusts of up to 50 mph that began Tuesday afternoon continue into a chilly overnight in the D.C. area.
Fearing possible power outages and driving hazards from fallen branches, the D.C. region remains under a wind advisory by the National Weather Service through the evening and ending in the predawn hours on Wednesday at 2 a.m.
Temperatures in the D.C. area are expected to remain in the mid-20s to low 30s until at least Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday, we predict a return to sunshine with temperatures peaking back into the 60s.
Tonight, however, wind chills are expected to be around 15 degrees — so bundle up.
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For Tuesday night, northwest winds are expected to range from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected, the NWS said.
Gusty northwest winds will continue tonight making it blustery and cold. Minimum wind chill temperatures will be in the single digits for those at higher elevations and in the teens elsewhere. For more, visit: https://t.co/5RyZgpfrqr #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx pic.twitter.com/RwzZVDePA2
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) March 14, 2023
Those winds could mean some D.C.-area residents lose power from downed tree limbs. WTOP will be tracking outages around the region.
“Strong winds will continue overnight and a pattern like this favors a long-duration high wind event, which typically keeps the power companies quite busy, so prepare for at least power flickers,” StormTeam4 Meteorologist Chad Merrill said.
NWS warned drivers to be careful, particularly those who are driving high-profile vehicles. And reminded people to secure outdoor objects that could be blown around.
Motorists/Drivers/Cyclists/Pedestrians … Walk w/ Caution, Drive w/ Care, Cycle w/ Caution & Care …. Wind Advisory — Be mindful operating & being near high profile vehicles @MontgomeryCoMD @ReadyMontgomery pic.twitter.com/2ShzjIpDxn
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 13, 2023
Merrill said the winds are courtesy of a storm developing in New England. Tuesday will also be chilly with temperatures peaking in the 40s.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing skies, cold and gusts over 40 mph. Chills near 15. Lows in the mid 20s to low 30s.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, windy and cool. Gusts over 40 mph. Chills in the 30s. Highs in the low to mid 50s.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, milder and a light breeze. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Possible storms.
FRIDAY: Cloudy, mild and breezy. Showers are likely. 40% chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
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