Much of the D.C. region, including Arlington, will be under a Wind Advisory starting tonight.
Strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected to start whipping up Wednesday night and will continue through Thursday afternoon, making for a blustery Thanksgiving holiday.
Forecasters caution that the wind gusts could topple trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages. Drivers — including those taking last minute trips on one of the busiest travel days of the year — should also take caution.
More from the National Weather Service:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
156 PM EST WED NOV 27 2019
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY…
* WHAT…WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH EXPECTED.
* WHERE…THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREAS, CENTRAL MARYLAND, AND PORTIONS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.
* WHEN…FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY.
* IMPACTS…DAMAGING WINDS COULD BLOW DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. TRAVEL COULD BE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING, ESPECIALLY IF OPERATING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE. SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories in effect this evening through Thursday afternoon. Winds 10 to 20 mph gusting 25 mph. Winds are going to get stronger tonight and Thursday. Winds will average 20 to 30 mph gusts 50 mph in advisory areas and gusts to 60 mph in warning areas. pic.twitter.com/qhxw3AmLFT
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) November 27, 2019