High winds are expected to wallop the Washington region tonight through Saturday and officials are asking the public to take precautions.
Wind gusts as strong as 60-70 miles per hour are possible from Friday from 4 a.m. through midnight, forecasters say. Wind gusts over 30 miles per hour are expected generally from tonight into Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Transportation issued its own advisory, warning that roadways could be dangerous and that road closures could be possible due to downed trees and power lines or other road debris. Crews will begin working overnight to fix any infrastructure damage, the agency said.
VDOT issued a warning to drivers, and a reminder to:
- Check road closures before you travel, and look at potential alternate routes.
- Reduce your speeds and assume there may be a road obstruction ahead.
- Move over for responders with blue, red, and amber lights, including VDOT and utility crews.
- Always use your headlights, remember wipers on, lights on is the law.
- Ensure gas tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit. Here’s how: www.ready.gov/car.
AAA Mid-Atlantic issued its own warning, including a reminder to treat non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop.
“Motorists who venture out during the Nor’easter should brace themselves for driving into tempestuous side winds, which would buffet them off course and off the road, and into blustery head winds and turbulent tail winds,” AAA said. “Drive defensively or stay off the roads until the mercurial storm passes over.”
More advisories from the agencies via social media:
Dangerously strong, and long-lasting winds coming – starting at, or soon after, midnight. Here's what to expect, & some actions to take to be ready. pic.twitter.com/OBKdiMEg1g
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 1, 2018
— Arlington DES (@ArlingtonDES) March 1, 2018
🚦 Tomorrow's high winds and rain main cause power outages in the area. Remember to treat all uncontrolled intersections as a FOUR WAY STOP. pic.twitter.com/5b25rMwNJp
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) March 1, 2018