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Strong, gusty winds are knocking down tree branches large and small around Arlington.

Broken branches have been falling on roadways and on power lines, keeping police and power company crews busy all afternoon. As of 3:00 p.m., there were between 250 and 1,000 Dominion customers without power in Arlington, according to the company’s web site.

On S. Lincoln Street, near the Wendy’s on Columbia Pike, a large tree limb fell across the road, bringing a live power line with it.

On N. Carlin Springs Road, near the intersection with Route 50, a tree branch fell on power lines and caught on fire. The southbound lanes of N. Carlin Springs were shut down while police and fire personnel waited more than an hour for a Dominion crew to arrive.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch. Winds are expected to pick up tonight and into tomorrow, gusting as high as 60 miles per hour.

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Snow is tapering off, but many major roads remain snow covered. Around 6:00 tonight, Arlington Police shut down the Hayes St. on-ramp to I-395 due to treacherous conditions. Earlier, traffic cameras caught a car that spun out at the top of the ramp.

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