UPDATE: Damaging Winds Over 40-60 mph Starting This Evening, Sno - WSET.com - ABC13

UPDATE: Damaging Winds Over 40-60 mph Starting This Evening, Snow Possible Next Week

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UPDATE: 2:48 p.m.

HIGH WIND WARNING in effect for: Western sections eastward to the Blue Ridge
WIND ADVISORY in effect for: Central/Southside Virginia
TIME: Wednesday afternoon - Thursday morning
GUSTS: 35 to 45mph, up to 60mph in the mountains.

-Secure loose outdoor items
-Potential power outages
-Possible downed trees

A strong cold front continues pushing a line of showers and storms with very gusty winds in our direction. Already over 20,000 people are without power from downed trees and power lines in West Virginia. By next Monday, more snow is possible! 

A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect for most of the ABC 13 Viewing Area for gusts up to 45-65 mph this evening as the storms cross the region. Behind the rain, the strong winds will continue.

Of particular concern is the soggy ground brought on by melting snow from Friday, especially in Southside. With winds over 40 to 60 mph, many trees will be uprooted, likely blocking roads and knocking out power.

You should prepare now for power outages. 

The actual cold front will likely fire off heavy and severe storms near the Blue Ridge by 6 p.m., organizing into what we call a "squall line". A squall is a narrow but intense line of high wind and very heavy rain. 

With any storm, heavy downpours, vivid lightning and small hail are also possible in any storm that develops.

Temperatures will fall from the 70s into the 20's tonight while the high winds continue. 

JUST IN: The newest computer models suggest the possibility of accumulating snow next Monday, the 17th, as a system from the south starts to organize.

Stay with ABC 13 Weather for the latest forecast.

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