Winds Whip Through Central Virginia

March 12, 2014

The old saying says March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.

But there's no clear definition of what's supposed to happen in between.

"I feel like we've seen pretty much everything. Every season in the last week," said Charlottesville resident Steven Kalman.

The week began with unseasonably warm temperatures, reaching the mid-70s on Tuesday. But by Thursday, an expected dip of about 40 degrees.

Wednesday's weather headline, however, was all about the wind.

"I think it's great weather. Beautiful. Wonderful clouds," said Charlottesville resident Beverly McCoid. "It's a bit windy to stand up in for old folks, but it's fun."

The quick-moving winds have caused some damage.

The wind was strong enough to snap tree branches and knock out power to hundreds of people in Central Virginia.

It even sent a wooden panel nailed to the side of the Landmark Hotel in downtown Charlottesville tumbling to the ground.

The gusty winds paired with low humidity have caused the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch for Central Virginia Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.

"I'm excited for summer and more stability," said Charlottesville resident Caitlin Kalman.

Despite the springlike temperatures earlier in the week, we still have about a week left of winter before spring officially begins March 20.

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