Red Flag Warnings Issued for Strong Winds

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 9:01 PM EDT
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After the high temperature reached 70 degrees Monday, windy conditions blew that weeather away.

A strong cold front is sweeping through and brining a dramatic drop in temperature, all the way down to wind chills in the low 20s by dawn Tuesday in D.C. -- lower north and west of the city, NBC Washington meteorologist Doug Kammerer reported.

That front also triggered some very strong, gusty winds beginning Monday afternoon. The gusts could be strong enough to cause power outages.

The National Weather Service also has issued a red flag warning for most of the area until 10 p.m. The warning is an increased fire danger due to very dry conditions and strong, gusty winds.

Tuesday will be much colder, with highs only in the mid-40s along with diminishing winds.

But then we warm up again on Wednesday for the rest of the workweek. That could be followed by ANOTHER dramatic drop in temperature for the weekend.

The good news? There are no snowstorms in sight for the foreseeable future.

One note of caution, however: With the dramatic swings in temperatures, we could see an increase in water main breaks the rest of the week.


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