Strong, gusty winds in store for Triangle

From Staff ReportsApril 3, 2009 

A strong cold front crossing the Triangle this morning will usher in gusty winds that will continue through the afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region and surrounding areas until to 9 p.m. today. The advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected, making driving difficult. People who drive high-profile vehicles should use extra caution, the agency said.

Because soils are saturated from recent rainfall, there's also a possibility of downed trees.

The gusty conditions will blow in this morning, as southwesterly winds rise to 20 to 25 mph this morning. Gusts up to 40 mph are possible.

Winds are expected to remain strong this afternoon behind the front as winds become westerly, according to the National Weather Service.

A band of showers moved through the region this morning and there is a chance of shower in the early afternoon, but skies are expected to be partly sunny for most of the day. Highs today will be in the mid-70s.

After the winds die down, get ready for a beautiful spring weekend. The forecast calls for sunny skies, with high in the lower 70s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday.

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