Winds will pick up later today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Advisory for the region.
In effect from 2 p.m. until midnight, the advisory warns of west winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting up to 50 miles per hour.
“Strong wind could cause power outages due to downed power lines. Additionally, there could be tree limbs down,” the advisory states.
The evening hours will feature the strongest winds.
Forecasters say that motorists in high profile or lightweight vehicles should exercise caution and lightweight outdoor objects should be secured.
Winds will increase due to a cold front sweeping through the region and pressure gradient forming between a developing high pressure system and a strengthening low pressure system to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service.