Strong Cold Front to Usher in Damaging Winds Friday

Scattered Showers and Storms for Evening Rush, Squall Line Likely Overnight, High Winds Friday

A strong cold front will approach the mountains of West Virginia this afternoon touching off isolated showers and thunderstorms across the DC Metropolitan Area during the afternoon rush hour.

Notice the squall line in the above image (courtesy pivotal weather) pushing through the DC Region between 11pm and 2am.  This line of storms will be accompanied by the actual cold front and will likely contain gusty winds.

High Winds Friday, Much Colder

High winds will develop on Friday afternoon as mixing in the atmosphere increases. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 55 mph are likely across the immediate Washington Area. I wouldn’t be surprised to see High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories raised for much of northern Virginia, DC and Maryland.

Timing the Gusty Winds on Friday

The time stamp on the image below (courtesy Pivotal Weather) runs from 11am Friday through 5am Saturday.

These wind gusts will be capable of scattered to widespread power outages and downed trees/power lines. Travel could be difficult especially for high-profile vehicles.