Windy Conditions expected 2.17.22

Windy Conditions expected 2.17.22

A message from Highland Emergency Management office.

5 PM BRIEFING – Windy Conditions Expected for Tonight into Friday

A strong cold front will move eastward across our area early on Friday morning.  It will bring strong winds to our region from tonight into Friday.  A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 11:00 PM this evening until 10:00 AM Friday

Hazardous Weather:  Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.  Locally heavy rain is also possible.

Locations affected:  Our entire region will be impacted by the wind.  However, the strongest of the winds should occur along the coast and in the higher elevations.  The potential for locally  heavy rain is the greatest in Berks County, the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.

Timing:  There will be strong south-southwesterly winds tonight ahead of an approaching cold front.  The wind will then shift and become northwesterly after the cold front passes early on Friday morning.  The wind is forecast to remain strong through Friday morning.

Impacts:  The strong winds could result in minor tree damage and it may blow around unsecured outdoor objects.  Locally heavy rain may result in some flooding in areas of poor drainage, though the potential is rather limited.

Confidence on occurrence:  High confidence on the forecast of strong winds.  Medium to high  confidence regarding the locally heavy rain.

** Another period of strong winds is expected for Saturday afternoon and evening.

For the latest forecast, please visit https://www.weather.gov/phi.  This is the final briefing on the weather for tonight into Friday, unless there are significant changes to the forecast.

National Weather Service – Mount Holly, New Jersey