One of the Most Powerful Windstorms’ to Bring 60-70 Mph Gusts, Widespread Power Outages

Some icy and snowy precipitation is falling amid the morning commute, and a high wind warning is in effect across Maryland for what the National Weather Service is calling “one of the most powerful windstorms in recent years.”

The storm began Thursday night and may last until Sunday. Gusty winds of over 30 mph are expected, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph starting early Friday morning and lasting until midnight. Overnight, gusts reached 69 mph in parts of Frederick and Montgomery counties, 49 mph in Edgemere and Annapolis, and 52 mph at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to the weather service.

More than 65,000 Marylanders were without power as of 8:00 a.m.