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Posted at 8:50 PM ET, 02/19/2011

Wind advisory through midnight

By Jason Samenow

[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)

By Jason Samenow  | February 19, 2011; 8:50 PM ET
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Tremendous winds. Crazy winds. But it seems like anything in our neighborhood that could topple over or blow away has already done so for the season.
I was out watering the sunshiny garden, wearing a knit hat & black lined windbreaker jacket, and it was very comfortable out there. No brush fires at all.
There's roof shingle lying on the front lawn. Wonder where that came from.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 19, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's just be thankful that it wasn't too particularly cold today. While the wind was rather bothersome, it could have been much worse.

Just imagine what it would've been like had it been 20 - 25 degrees colder. Cold & wind do not go

BTW, did anyone have a power outage?

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 19, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse


Out to the west a bit there is a big fire out there. I was on 29 crossing over 28 towards Lifetime Fitness and short of the mountains you can see from there was a big plume of smoke and the firetrucks from the station right by the IHOP had just started rolling (around 6PM).

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 19, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Warren County has two fires I'm aware of, a big one that climbed up the Blue Ridge from near Browntown and crossed Skyline Drive... and another on Blue Mountain north of I-66 near Linden.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 19, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Ran a 10k in Alexandria this morning, winds were miserable, it was downright dangerous in some spots in the parking lot. I arrived early, and the empty porta-johns were blowing, several of them were 20+ feet out of line (thankfully not topped over). Volunteers kept pushing them back in line until they were adequately "weighted" to stay.

Of course with the construction all around the beltway, there were clouds of sand and dirt blasting us. Definitely a hard run this AM. Thankfully, the second 3.1 miles were completed a couple minutes faster than the first 3.1 into the head wind.

Posted by: VamosUnited | February 19, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

SP, I can see the fire on the Blue Ridge. Some pretty large flareups and steady smaller burning areas. It is on the crest roughly around Dickey Hill. I just happened to look over and there it was, so I logged in here to check.

Posted by: eric654 | February 19, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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