CAPITAL REGION – It’s turning out to be a windy 2019, at least through the first few hours, as winds gusting up to 55 mph have knocked down trees and knocked out power in areas.
The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect over the area for winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 55.
The Albany International Airport recorded a 55 mph gust at 8:26 AM, while Broadalbin saw 46 MPH at 7:45, Schenectady saw 46 MPH at 9 a.m. and Saratoga Springs saw 45 MPH at 8:13 AM, the weather service said.
The Wind Advisory was expanded at 833 am EST to include northern Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. The wind advisory runs until 4 pm EST for most of eastern NY and western New England for wind gusts mainly in the 46-57 mph range. #nywx #ctwx #mawx #vtwx pic.twitter.com/Xhg6YxAghf
— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) January 1, 2019
With the winds have come power outages. National Grid reports on its website outages throughout the region.
An outage centered around Saratoga Springs and Greenfield impacted 3,200 customers mid-morning and was expected to be restored after noon. A Rexford-centered outage impacted 1,100. Other, more localized outages were reported around Schenectady County and elsewhere.
Winds are expected to subside a bit later this afternoon as temperatures drop, officials said. Temperatures started the day in the 40 to 50-degree range. Tonight, they’re expected to be in the teens. Winds are to be 10 to 15 mph with gusts of 25 to 30.
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