High Wind Advisory
Statement as of 3:47 PM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 4 am EDT Thursday...
* locations... foothills and Piedmont in Virginia and northwest
* Hazards... strong and gusty winds.
* Winds... west 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* Timing... early evening after frontal passage into tonight.
* Impacts... trees could be blown down. Sporadic power outages
A Wind Advisory means sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph... or wind
gusts of 46 to 57 mph... are expected. Winds this strong will
likely cause sporadic power outages and can make driving
difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Unfastened
items such as garbage cans and lawn furniture should be moved
Statement as of 3:50 AM EDT on March 14, 2014
... Increased fire danger today...
Light winds will become southwest and increase by this afternoon
as much warmer air spills into the region. Sustained wind speeds
of 12 to 18 mph with gusts to around 25 mph are expected and could
briefly be stronger by late in the afternoon. Very dry air will
also remain in place with humidity levels falling to below 15 or
20 percent east of the Blue Ridge... and between 20 and 25 percent
across the mountains. This continued drying combined with the
warmer air will allow for the further drying of fuels especially
grasses and leaves... making for increased fire danger today.
These conditions could allow for the rapid growth and spread of
wildfires through this afternoon. Caution is advised in discarding
any materials that may lead to the ignition of fires including
ashes and cigarettes.
Fire Weather Advisory
Statement as of 3:52 PM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Fire Weather Watch in effect for wind and low relative
humidity for southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina
foothills and Piedmont counties during the day Thursday...
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Fire
Weather Watch for wind and low relative humidity... which is in
effect from early Thursday morning through late Thursday
* Affected area... in North Carolina... fire weather zone 003
Surry... fire weather zone 004 Stokes... fire weather zone 005
Rockingham... fire weather zone 006 Caswell... fire weather zone
019 Wilkes and fire weather zone 020 Yadkin. In Virginia...
fire weather zone 032 Patrick... fire weather zone 033
Franklin... fire weather zone 034 Bedford... fire weather zone
035 Amherst... fire weather zone 043 Henry... fire weather zone
044 Pittsylvania... fire weather zone 045 Campbell... fire
weather zone 046 Appomattox... fire weather zone 047
Buckingham... fire weather zone 058 Halifax and fire weather
zone 059 Charlotte.
* Winds... northwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
* Relative humidity... in the upper teens to low 20 percent range.
* Impacts... the combination of dry vegetation... low relative
humidity... and gusty winds will create conditions favorable
for the development and spread of wildfires.
A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
red flag warnings.
For more information from NOAA/National Weather Service visit...
http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/er/rnk/emer/emer_fire.Php (all lower case)
- 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.
- Special Weather Statement
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