Damaging Wind Gusts Could Hit 50 MPH, Causing Power Outages During Potent Storm: Here's Latest

Damaging wind gusts that could topple trees and power lines and cause outages from a potent new storm accompanying a strong cold front taking aim on the Northeast.

Wind gusts will be strongest Wednesday night, Feb. 28.

Wind gusts will be strongest Wednesday night, Feb. 28.

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Winds will increase Tuesday night, Feb. 27 before gusting upwards of 25 to 35 miles per hour much of Wednesday, Feb. 28, and potentially as high as 50 mph for a period of time Wednesday evening and overnight into Thursday, Feb. 29, especially along eastern coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service, 

High wind watches and wind advisories have been issued for much of the Northeast from Wednesday into Thursday.

Conditions will improve after daybreak Thursday as the system exits offshore.

Showers will quickly overspread the region from southwest to northeast early Tuesday night, with intermittent showers persisting much of Wednesday. 

Another period of steady rain is likely ahead of the passage of the front Wednesday night when scattered thunderstorms are possible.

"The rain should fall over a long enough duration to preclude significant hydro concerns, but brief nuisance flooding is possible in urban and poor drainage areas," the National Weather Service said.

As the system winds down overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, a colder air mass will move in, and there could be light snow and snow showers farthest north and inland as the overnight low dips below the freezing mark.

From late Wednesday to Wednesday night, motorists and pedestrians "should closely monitor temperatures and be on the lookout for icy patches," according to AccuWeather, which notes that "surfaces that appear to be wet may be icy, where the temperature has dropped to near or below the freezing mark."

The passage of the midweek system will lead to a sunny, blustery, and brisk day on Thursday, with a high in the mid to upper 30s. 

Wind strength will be around 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 mph.

It will remain sunny as the calendar flips to March on Friday with temperatures generally in the 40s.

Unsettled weather is expected to return on Saturday, March 2, which will be mostly cloudy with rain possible and a high temperature in the mid to upper 40s to around 50 degrees.

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