High Winds and Below Zero Wind Chills Keep First Responders Busy in Montgomery County

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Local officials urged motorists to stay off the roads on Saturday night as visibility was poor.

A combination of high winds, snow and extremely cold temperatures kept first responders busy in Montgomery County on Saturday night.

The National Weather Service has issued several weather advisories for Montgomery County this holiday weekend because of an arctic air mass that moved into our area.

high wind advisory remains in effect from now until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Winds from the northwest are expected between 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

The National Weather Service has also issued a wind chill warning until noon on Sunday and a wind chill advisory from noon – 6 p.m.

According to the advisory, the wind chill will be 15 to 25 degrees below zero on Saturday night and wind chills will slowly climb to 10 below by Sunday afternoon. The combination of strong winds and cold temperatures make for dangerous wind chills that could cause hypothermia and frost bite.

According to the State Highway Administration, a snow emergency plan was put in effect for Montgomery County as of Saturday night.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer reported over 150 calls to dispatch in a three hour period on Saturday night.   One of those calls was a Metro bus that went off the roadway at Veirs Mill Road and Twinbrook Parkway. Piringer said none of the passengers were injured.

According to Pepco’s online outage maps, at 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 14 over 4,400 customers in Montgomery County were without power.



Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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