Storm Team4 has declared a Weather Alert due to strong wind gusts and freezing temperatures expected Saturday night and into Sunday in our region.
Meteorologist Amelia Segal expects some rain Saturday night as extremely cold air and very strong winds move in.
A High Wind Advisory is in effect for the D.C. Metro area and surrounding areas from 9 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday.
Wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour were reported in the D.C. area around 11 p.m. Saturday and those stong winds are expected to continue into Sunday. Segal said there are already numerous reports of damage to trees and downed power lines.
Montgomery County fire officials said a utility pole snapped in half Saturday night and there are reports of wires down on roads throughout the county.
In Prince George's County, a tree fell onto a vehicle and trapped one person inside, officials said. They were extricated and taken to a trauma center, along with another person who was in the vehicle. There were numerous trees and wires down in the area, officials said.
As of 12:10 a.m., Pepco reported on its outage map that thousands of customers were affected by power outages.
Residents are advised to secure trash cans and lawn furniture and drivers of high-profile vehicles should be careful, Segal said.
There is also a Freeze Warning for areas west of I-95 from midnight until 10 a.m. Sunday. Potted plants should be brought indoors as temperatures will dip into the low 30s.