WASHINGTON -- The DC area managed to get through its wild overnight weather without any tornadoes touching down, but the heavy rain and winds did leave thousands of homes in the dark, and set up for a windy Thursday that could ultimately bring down more trees and limbs, creating more outages.
Wednesday night's heavy rains also caused low-lying streams to flood, leaving some rural roads underwater for a time.
A strong cold front will blow through the area today, causing temperatures to drop during the day, and leave the recent spring-like weather in its dust. The temperature reached 72 degrees at both Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport yesterday, with Dulles seeing a new high-temperature record set for the date. The normal high for this time of year is 44 degrees, which is about what we can expect for this afternoon.
A high wind advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service through 6 pm tonight, which means we can expect sustained winds between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. We could also see a few snow showers in the area on Friday, as high temperatures don't get out of the 30's.
Welcome back to winter!
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-
NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-
PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-ST. MARYS-CALVERT-
CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-CLARKE-LOUDOUN-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-MORGAN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...
WALDORF...ST MARYS CITY...CUMBERLAND...LEESBURG...MANASSAS...
MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH...WARRENTON...
MARTINSBURG...CHARLES TOWN...KEYSER...FORT ASHBY
509 AM EST THU JAN 31 2013
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING...
* TIMING...THROUGH TODAY.
* WINDS...WEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
* IMPACTS...THE STRONG WINDS WILL BRING DOWN TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE
SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. UNSECURED OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN
ABOUT...AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES MAY BECOME DIFFICULT TO
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...
ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.