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Strong winds, flurries could make driving hazardous today

January 13, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Motorists in the Hagerstown area should be prepared for strong winds affecting traffic and possible snow flurries when driving today, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Jackson said.

"A cold front went through last night, " he added. "We have the potential for flurries today and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour."

Jackson added that motorists on Interstate 81 could be most affected by the wind because of the direction it is traveling.

"Interstate 81 runs north and south, and it is a west wind," he said. "Drivers should be aware of a good crosswind that could happen there."

The weather service issued a wind advisory and a hazardous weather outlook for Washington County today, according to its website, forecast.weather.gov. The forecast calls for breezy conditions, with winds between 22 and 24 mph with gusts as high as 46 mph.

Jackson said that wind that strong has the potential to do damage, including making trees fall.

"They're usually dead limbs or branches," he said. "But people should still secure things outside."

There is also the potential for snow flurries Saturday in the area, but Jackson said Washington County is not expected to receive any significant amount of snowfall through the weekend.

Garrett County, Md., could receive one to three inches of snow today with winds between 24 and 31 mph, according to the NWS website. Allegany County, Md., could receive up to half an inch of snow with winds between 20 and 23 mph.

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In Washington County, the temperature is expected to remain between 20 and 35 degrees through the weekend, according to the weather service.

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