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High Wind Warning: Damaging winds to 60 mph in the DC area Friday

High winds Friday across the DC Area

With very powerful winds on the way, our High Wind Warning is in effect. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement along with the warning. Some of the language used clearly demonstrates the seriousness of this wind storm.


Conditions will deteriorate after Midnight with winds picking up to a roar by the morning commute. Low pressure is in the Ohio Valley now, but energy will transfer to the Atlantic overnight into Friday morning. Once this occurs, low pressure will rapidly intensify (yes, bombogenesis once again) off the southern coast of New England.

Winds will ramp up with gusts to 50 mph prior to the morning rush, and possibly above 60 mph from 7am through 3pm in the afternoon. These damaging winds will surely make for tree damage and power outages across the region, so make sure you are prepared tonight before going to bed.

Light precipitation will be possible in the morning hours as the storm is intensifying. Showers or snow showers have been showing up in the local modeling through the morning commute, so don’t be surprised if they are accompanying the winds tomorrow morning. All in all a terrible commute.

The last time DC experienced 60 mph winds was early last February, with damage reports throughout the Mid Atlantic. This was along a strong cold front along with some sporadic showers. I suspect the region will experience more of the same tomorrow with trees and power lines down all over the area.

Temperatures will be in the 40s for highs on Friday, dropping into the 30s Friday night into Saturday morning. Be prepared to keep you and your family warm in case of extended power outages so along with the batteries and flashlights, have extra blankets and sleeping bags handy. Remember, no generators inside!

Winds will diminish Saturday back into the 35 mph range and drastically fall Sunday as high pressure moves back into the area.

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