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Damaging wind gusts possible Friday; snow forecast Sunday

A wind advisory is in effect Friday afternoon and evening across Central Maryland, with gusts up to 45 mph expected to break some tree limbs and create hazards for tall vehicles. And another chance at accumulating snow is forecast before next week.

Steady northwest winds of 15-25 mph are expected, with stronger wind gusts. The National Weather Service is urging residents to secure outdoor furniture, be prepared for the possibility of power outages, and take care driving vehicles susceptible to strong cross-winds on bridges and other roadways.

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The wind advisory is in effect from noon to midnight.

The cold breezes are expected to create wind chills in the lower 20s to the teens Friday afternoon down to the single digits by the evening and overnight. Air temperatures are forecast to fall throughout the day, from the mid-30s to below freezing by late afternoon, the mid-20s by evening and mid-teens by early Saturday morning.

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Strong winds are expected to linger into Saturday, and with air temperatures expected in the 20s throughout the day, wind chills are expected to remain in the single digits and teens.

Some slight warming is expected Sunday just before a moist weather system moves through the region. Snow, possibly mixing with rain, is forecast by Sunday night and into Monday morning. But with chances for warm air moving in overhead, predicting precisely where snow will fall is still difficult two days in advance, forecasters said.

As of Friday morning, weather service forecasters were predicting 2-4 inches of snow in Baltimore and points north by Monday morning.

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