High Winds from I-75 to I-95

January 13, 2012; 4:00 PM ET
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A blast of strong winds will herald the arrival and reinforcement of much colder air from I-75 in Kentucky and Ohio to I-95 from Virginia to Massachusetts to close out the workweek.

The powerful west winds behind an arctic front can as high as reach 60 mph over the ridges in the central Appalachians. Gusts to 50 mph can occur elsewhere from the eastern end of the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts.

The worst of the wind was hitting the mid-Atlantic coast this morning. New England will join with strong west winds this afternoon and tonight.

Wind gusts over the entire region will continue to be strong enough to knock down tree limbs, cause sporadic power outages and send trash cans and other unsecured objects sailing. Isolated incidents of minor property damage are possible.

The strong west winds will create handling problems on north-south routes, especially for high-profile vehicles. Flight delays are possible at major airports.

Some of the major cities to be impacted by the strong winds include Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

While the winds will help to dry roads in the I-95 corridor quickly following recent rain, the winds will combine with blowing snow to make for icy hazardous conditions on roadways from the Appalachians to much of the Midwest.

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