Wind advisory through midnight
[Interested in Monday night's snow chance? See Dan's post]
8:50 p.m. update: The high wind warning has been discontinued, but a wind advisory (a less extreme classification) is in effect through 12:00 a.m. Sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50-55 mph are possible before winds slowly abate later tonight. The red flag (fire weather) warning has been allowed to expire.
From 7 p.m.: As winds keep howling, the high wind warning for the region remains in effect through 9 p.m. Though the warning is set to expire at that time, the National Weather Service is cautioning high winds may persist for several hours longer and that the warning may need to be extended, or an advisory issued - particularly in the eastern part of the metro region.
If there's good news, although some very strong gusts remain possible for the next six hours or so, the worst is probably over.
Here's a selection of today's peak winds as reported by the NWS:
56 mph Nationals Park (DC)
50 mph Chevy Chase (DC)
55 mph BWI Airport (Md.)
50 mph La Plata (Md.)
63 mph Flint - Frederick co. (Md.)
56 mph Columbia (Md.)
54 mph Clarksburg (Md.)
56 mph Laurel (Md.)
53 mph Reagan National (Va.)
60 mph Reston (Va.)
54 mph Dulles Airport (Va.)
56 mph Woodbridge (Va.)
71 mph Wintergreen (Va.)
Keep reading for more on today's winds, including links to photos and video...
Today's winds along with extremely dry relative humidity values of 15-20 percent have caused dozens of brush fires throughout the region. Smoke from some of the fires obscured visibility on roads and even shut down portions of I-95. The winds also downed trees and have resulted in thousands of power outages.
See additional coverage:
* Winds cut power, spread fires across D.C. area, topple National Christmas Tree
* Windy, dry conditions lead to dozens of fires
* Wind fans fires, causes travel chaos
* Photo gallery
* YouTube video of smoke from a brush fire near Laurel, Md. (submitted by CWG reader DelMarVa storms)
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