Today’s strong winds are causing power outages across the region. This will be updated at the top and bottom of each hour or more frequently as needed. We’ll post two images so you can follow the progress of outages and restoration. The image on the top is the most recent.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 4 am Sunday for areas along and west of the Blue Ridge. Most will experience west wind of 25-35 mph with the potential for gusts of 55-65 mph. Areas east of the warning are under a Wind Advisory until around midnight. Here the sustained southwest wind of 15-30 mph will gust to over 45 mph.

Wind of these speeds can result in scattered to widespread power outages and debris in roadways. Travel in light and high-profile vehicles may be hazardous.

These high winds are a product of an area of low pressure to our north that is driving a strong westerly flow impacting most of the Mid-Atlantic. Wind will diminish overnight and through tomorrow morning. Sunday will still be breezy in most of our area but with much lower wind speeds.

With the passage of the front that brought Saturday morning showers and mild temperatures, cooler air will move in as seen in this graphic for 24-hour temperature changes on Roanoke.

Have a safe and enjoyable evening!