Wind Gusts Could Cause Damage On Friday

12:01 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A cold front will move through the Triad early Friday morning and usher in a blast of cold air to close out the workweek.

As the cold front swings through the area winds will increase dramatically. Wind gusts around the Triad Thursday night had already reached above 30 mph with areas in the foothills seeing 35-40 mph gusts.

Temperatures Friday morning will be in the middle 30s, but the windy conditions will make it feel like the low 20s and even upper teens in some locations.  Temperatures will slowly climb through the day, but only manage peak into the middle 40s during the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the wind will continue to howl with sustained winds in the Triad ranging from 20-30 mph and gusting as high as 40 mph. The winds will be even stronger in the foothills and mountain communities where wind gusts could exceed 60 mph. In fact, at midnight Friday morning Boone had already reported a wind gust of 67 mph.

These high winds will make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles.  Any holiday decorations that are not securely anchored will also be subject to the strong winds on Friday.  Drivers also be on the lookout for loose debris blowing into roadways.

Power outages will be possible in the higher elevations as wind gusts approach 50-60 mph.

The winds will relax somewhat late Friday evening, but breezy conditions will continue through Saturday. As a result wind chill values will once again drop into the upper teens and low 20s Friday night.


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