Meteorologists warn of damaging wind gusts Wednesday as cold air blows in

Meteorologists warned of damaging wind gusts across Central Maryland on Wednesday as cold air blows in from the northwest.

Winds were gusting upward of 40 mph, with a steady 25-30 mph breeze otherwise, the National Weather Service said. A wind advisory is in effect across the Baltimore region from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures rose into the upper 30s, but wind chills were making it feel like the upper 20s.

By early afternoon, gusts reached 41 mph at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. With an air temperature of 38 degrees, the wind chill made it feel like 27 degrees.

A strong flow from the west has developed as a center of high pressure moves into the eastern United States and low pressure shifts out of New England toward eastern Canada.

Strong winds were also reported Tuesday, with gusts of up to 36 mph at BWI.

Less windy but still chilly conditions are forecast Thursday before a low-pressure system brings another chance for rain Friday.

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