Statement as of 2:19 PM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Wind Advisory remains in effect until midnight EDT tonight...
* timing... this afternoon and into the evening.
* Winds... southwest winds ahead of the cold front will increase
into the 20 to 25 mph range... with frequent gusts between 30 and
35 mph. Stronger northwest winds gusting to 35 to 45 mph will
occur behind the front this evening as much colder air surges in
from the northwest.
* Impacts... gusty winds may blow around loose objects and knock
down tree branches and limbs. Additionally... with soggy
ground conditions from recent heavy rains... winds of these
magnitude may also knock down a few trees.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Fire Weather Watch
Statement as of 2:48 PM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Thursday morning through
Thursday afternoon for gusty winds and low humidity...
The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Fire Weather
Watch... which is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday
* Affected area... all of central North Carolina.
* Wind... northwest winds sustained at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up
to 35 mph.
* Humidity... relative humidity values are expected to fall below
25 percent by late Thursday morning... bottoming out at 15 to 20
percent Thursday afternoon.
* Impacts... gusty northwest winds... very low relative humidity
values... and dry fine fuels will create an environment in which
fires can rapidly grow and spread out of control.
A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are expected. In coordination with the North Carolina Forest
service a red flag warning may be issued late tonight or early
Thursday morning. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged on Thursday.
- High Wind Advisory
A high wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 mph or greater are expected to occur for at least 1 hour. This advisory can also be issued if winds of 46 mph or greater are expected for any length of time.
- Fire Weather Advisory
A fire weather advisory is issued when dry conditions in the advisory area result in a situation where forest or brush fires are possible.
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