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Now, frightful weather roars back -- Wind 40 mph and up

January 15, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

The National Weather Service placed Washington County under a wind warning through at least 7 a.m. today, as winds were expected to be at least 40 mph through the night, Meteorologist John Darnley said.

Darnley said National Weather Service staff will evaluate changing the warning today at noon.

A wind warning means winds will be at least 40 mph, meaning driving conditions, including visibility problems - mixed with light snow - are a concern, Darnley said.

"It's gonna get a little worse before it gets better," Darnley said Saturday about 5 p.m.

At that time, north to northwest winds were averaging 33 mph, the result of a cold front and a strong low pressure center, coupled with high pressure from the southwest moving through the area Friday night.

Snow accumulation, if any, will be between 1/2 to 1 inch, Darnley said. The ground, still "warm on the surface" after a couple of days with temperatures around 60 degrees, likely will prevent snow from sticking, he said.

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About 1 p.m. Saturday, temperatures were in the 40s, and dropped to about 32 degrees before 3:30 p.m., Darnley said.

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