Period of dangerous high winds likely across the DC area Friday
A High Wind Watch is in effect from late Thursday night through early Saturday morning for the entire DC Metro. Wind gusts to 60mph will be possible with the most likely time period between Friday morning and Friday evening.
An area of low pressure will intensify as it moves into the Great Lakes tomorrow evening. Energy will transition to the coast into Friday and rapidly intensify over the Atlantic, creating a very strong pressure gradient and therefore strong, gusty winds across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast.
While winds will be a major concern, the DC area isn’t expected to have a threat for heavy precipitation preceding the event. This is a big plus for the area as we won’t have the saturated grounds making high winds even worse.
We are thinking the worst time period will be from about 8am Friday morning through 4pm Friday evening where gusts of 50 to 60 mph will be possible if not likely.
Winds will likely diminish to the 30 mph gust range on Saturday but will still be breezy to windy at times. Temperatures should remain around the 50 degree mark Friday through Saturday.
Now is a good time to secure any patio furniture on patios and balconies that could blow away, trampolines (they never make it in high wind events!), as well as dead trees or overhanging branches near structures.
Make sure to charge your devices and have flashlights and batteries handy in the case of power outages. If you come across downed power lines, report them to local utility companies and law enforcement if no one is on scene. Below is a list of local power companies and links to the outage maps.
Dominion Energy - https://www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages