Watch Chuck Bell's daytime forecast for Saturday, February 25, 2012
High winds are expected to whip through the D.C. area for most of Saturday, with some gusts traveling as fast as 50 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the entire Washington area, which will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday night. Areas covered by the wind advisory include the District of Columbia, as well as Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Montgomery, Carroll, Howard, Calvert, and Frederick counties in Maryland. In Virginia, areas affected by the advisory include Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax, Rappahannock, and Northern Fauquier counties, as well as the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.
Winds will come out of the west and will generally be between 25 and 35 miles per hour, with some gusts touching 50 miles per hour Saturday afternoon.
Motorists are advised to use caution on the roads, as any wind gusts over 45 miles per hour are likely to make driving difficult. Traffic signals may also be knocked out due to the high winds. Area residents are also being urged to prepare for the possibility of localized power outages, particularly at higher elevations where faster gusts are more likely.
On Saturday afternoon, Dulles Airport instituted a Traffic Management Program, which could cause some arriving flights to be delayed by an average of an hour and 25 minutes. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline or visit Dulles Airport's website.
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