High wind and fire weather watches Saturday
How windy will it be? NWS indicates gusts as high as 60 mph are possible Saturday, with the highest readings along the mountain ridges to our west. In the immediate metro region, peak winds are more likely to be in the 45-50 mph range. Winds will probably be sustained around 20-30 mph, from the northwest. Isolated power outages cannot be ruled out and such winds can cause air travel delays. If you have loose items outside (e.g. lawn furniture), you may want to secure them or bring them inside. The watch is in effect from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How dry will it be? The relative humidity may drop to near or below 20 percent tomorrow afternoon with dew points in the low teens.
What's the fire weather watch all about? A fire weather watch is issued when conditions - i.e. low humidity and high winds - are expected that will make it possible for fire to spread rapidly. TBD reported dry conditions earlier this week helped spark and spread at least 13 fires in Maryland, mainly in rural areas. Fires were also reported in western, central and southeast Virginia according to the Roanoke Timesand Richmond Times Dispatch. The Storm Prediction Center indicates the fire risk tomorrow is "critical" in central Virginia through north central North Carolina.
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