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NWS: Strong Gusty Winds Through the Evening Hours

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Last Updated on March 29, 2020 5:30 pm

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519 PM EDT Sun Mar 29 2020

…Strong Gusty Winds Through the Evening Hours…

A cold front was moving through the region this evening. Very
strong and gusty west winds were noted behind the front and will
continue for several hours through the evening before diminishing
after sunset. West winds of 15-30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph
will be possible through the evening hours especially along and
west of a line from Wilkesboro, to Mt. Airy, to Roanoke, to
Lexington.

The winds this evening could be strong enough to blow down tree
limbs and weak trees, which could result in scattered power
outages. Cars traveling on north-south oriented roadways should
be alert for areas of dangerous crosswinds through mountainous
areas that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. This
is especially true for high profile vehicles such as 18-wheel
tractor-trailers, buses, and recreational vehicles. Areas such as
Interstate 77 between the North Carolina border and Hillsville are
particularly susceptible to dangerous crosswinds.

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