Dangerous gusts lead to wind advisory

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the area Monday that includes Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties.

The notice, issued Monday morning and updated at 5 p.m., covers eastern West Virginia and northern and central Virginia from Monday through Wednesday. It is in effect from 9 p.m. Monday until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The winds are expected to gust above 55 mph in areas elevated above 2,000 feet, and between 25 and 35 mph for areas below. Those winds could continue through Friday.

In an afternoon interview prior to the escalation from a “hazardous weather outlook,” Luis Rosa, a meteorologist with The National Weather Service, said locations with an elevation beyond 2,500 feet will experience 45 mph winds and potentially heavy rains.

“We’re looking at strong winds over a high level of elevation, maybe 2,500 feet and up,” Rosa said. Late Monday and Tuesday morning, he said, “there will be moderate rain after midnight continuing through tomorrow.”

For the lower areas, Rosa said the wind will not be as intense but rain can still be expected. He said the winds will be at their strongest between 2 and 7 a.m. Tuesday. He advised drivers to slow down and drive with caution during the heavy gusts, especially high-profile vehicles.

Likewise, the weather advisory warns of damage to trees, falling limbs, power line damage and power outages.

Along with the wind, Rosa said the service is forecasting anywhere between three-quarters to 1 1/2 inches of rain between Monday night and Wednesday.

However, he said the rain is a good thing given the lack of precipitation over the past few weeks.

“It’s much needed rain,” Rosa said. “We haven’t seen much rain since early October, so this is a good thing.”

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.