Gale warning in effect Saturday

From left, Steve Rosenberry and his dog Buddy, Beatrice Miller and her dogs Milo and Mindy, and Willard Hodges Frame walk along a section of the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal on a recent fall morning. Temperatures are expected to drop Saturday as a cold front moves into the region. Rich Cooley/Daily

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning around the area Saturday afternoon with a likely wind advisory to come Sunday.

Kevin Whitt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a cold front moving into the area coupled with winds blowing northwest could also lead to accumulating snow on the ground in areas west of the Allegheny front.

According to a report published at 2:49 p.m. Friday from the National Weather Service, heavy winds can be expected in several areas, including Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties.

“Wind gusts around 50 mph are possible late Saturday morning through Sunday night, especially across Northern and Central Maryland, Northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia,” the report states. “Wind advisories will likely be required while high wind watches may be needed for the higher elevations Sunday.”

Going with the gusts, the report states there may also be a fire hazard as a result of the confluence of the different weather patterns.

“[The] combination of strong winds and low humidities will likely result in dangerous fire weather condition Sunday and Monday,” the report states. “A fire weather watch may be needed for portions of the area Sunday and Monday.”

Whitt said he could not predict how much snow will accumulate on the ground in those higher elevations, only that the cold front and wind pattern combination should be a strong enough force to cause a sticky downfall.

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