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High Wind Watch Begins Saturday Evening : Gusts To 60 MPH Possible – Especially Mountains

[ 0 ] February 13, 2015 |

Via NWS: Many Counties across the Central VA Blue Ridge will experience very high winds Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

HIGH WIND WATCH
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
500 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2015

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-
NORTHERN BALTIMORE-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-
CHARLES-ST. MARYS-CALVERT-EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-
CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY-NORTHWEST HOWARD-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD-NORTHWEST HARFORD-SOUTHEAST HARFORD-
AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-ORANGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-WESTERN HIGHLAND-
EASTERN HIGHLAND-WESTERN LOUDOUN-EASTERN LOUDOUN-
NORTHERN VA BLUE RIDGE-CENTRAL VA BLUE RIDGE-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-
BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-
WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-WESTERN PENDLETON-
EASTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WASHINGTON…HAGERSTOWN…FREDERICK…
WESTMINSTER…PARKTON…REISTERSTOWN…COCKEYSVILLE…BALTIMORE…
DUNDALK…CATONSVILLE…ANNAPOLIS…WALDORF…ST MARYS CITY…
FROSTBURG…CUMBERLAND…GERMANTOWN…DAMASCUS…ROCKVILLE…
LISBON…COLUMBIA…ELLICOTT CITY…JARRETTSVILLE…ABERDEEN…
STAUNTON…WAYNESBORO…HARRISONBURG…WINCHESTER…FRONT ROYAL…
CHARLOTTESVILLE…CULPEPER…MANASSAS…MANASSAS PARK…FAIRFAX…
ALEXANDRIA…FALLS CHURCH…FREDERICKSBURG…WARRENTON…
HIGHTOWN…MONTEREY…PURCELLVILLE…LEESBURG…ASHBURN…
BIG MEADOWS…WINTERGREEN…MARTINSBURG…CHARLES TOWN…
MOOREFIELD…BAYARD…MOUNT STORM…PETERSBURG…ELK GARDEN…
KEYSER…FORT ASHBY…CIRCLEVILLE…FRANKLIN
500 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2015

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING
THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…

* TIMING…NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE BEHIND A STRONG COLD
FRONT SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH POTENTIAL FOR WIND GUSTS
UP TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS…DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES MAY RESULT IN POWER
OUTAGES. MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WILL BE POSSIBLE. DRIVING
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES IN THESE CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A DAMAGING
HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES. CONTINUE
TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
224 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2015

…STRONG…POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS ARRIVING LATE SATURDAY
INTO SATURDAY NIGHT…

.ANOTHER ARCTIC FRONT PLOWS THROUGH THE REGION SATURDAY. STRONG
NORTHWEST WINDS WILL OCCUR BEHIND IT…WITH WINDS EXPECTED TO BE
STRONGER THAN WHAT WE RECEIVED THURSDAY. WINDS WILL BEGIN
DIMINISHING SUNDAY.

ALLEGHANY NC-SMYTH-WYTHE-PULASKI-MONTGOMERY-CARROLL-FLOYD-CRAIG-
ALLEGHANY VA-BATH-ROANOKE-BOTETOURT-ROCKBRIDGE-PATRICK-FRANKLIN-
BEDFORD-AMHERST-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SPARTA…MARION…WYTHEVILLE…
RADFORD…PULASKI…BLACKSBURG…GALAX…FLOYD…NEW CASTLE…
CLIFTON FORGE…COVINGTON…HOT SPRINGS…ROANOKE…SALEM…
FINCASTLE…LEXINGTON…BUENA VISTA…STUART…ROCKY MOUNT…
BEDFORD…AMHERST
224 PM EST FRI FEB 13 2015

…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING.

* LOCATIONS…FAVORED MOUNTAIN AND ADJACENT VALLEY AREAS FROM THE ALONG
AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE OF VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE ALLEGHANY
HIGHLANDS AND VIRGINIA FOOTHILLS.

* HAZARDS…STRONG…POSSIBLY DAMAGING WINDS.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING…FROM DUSK SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS…THESE STRONG WIND GUSTS CAN BLOW DOWN TREES AND POWER
LINES. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE. HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES COULD BE BLOWN OFF ROADWAYS… ESPECIALLY ON NORTH-
SOUTH ROADWAYS OR IN AREAS WHERE WINDS OFTEN CHANNEL THROUGH
MOUNTAIN PASSES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS
HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

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