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Cold, damaging winds to whip across northeastern US this weekend

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Strong winds will accompany a push of winterlike air across the northeastern United States during Saturday night and Sunday.

"Winds gusting between 40 and 60 mph can knock down trees and tree limbs and could lead to sporadic power outages from Saturday night to Sunday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The strongest winds will occur from portions of Ohio to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

This includes the cities of Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Allentown and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Elkins, West Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Dover, Delaware; Trenton and Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Boston.

"Strong winds will even occur as far south as Baltimore and Washington, D.C.," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

These winds will be associated with an arctic front pushing across the region with colder air and accumulating snow.

"Not only will the abrupt change from milder early spring temperatures be quite noticeable, but wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph will make it feel even colder," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney said.

Any prolonged power outages could spell trouble for households once the cold air settles in.

"Strong winds can result in hazards to life and property as any tree limbs weakened by the snow and cold this past winter may be brought down by this sudden burst of cold air," LeSeney said.

Strong winds in areas of accumulating snow during Saturday night and Sunday may have to deal with limited visibility at times on roadways due to blowing and drifting snow.

Drivers of high-profile vehicles will be the most susceptible to these winds and will need to take extra precautions while traveling, especially empty tractor trailers.

Those flying in and out of the major hubs across the Northeast may have to contend with delays and turbulence.

The winds combined with highs in the 30s and 40s will send AccuWeather Realfeel® temperatures below freezing across much of the Northeast on Sunday.

Winds will begin to subside through the day on Sunday from west to east before the next storm arrives by Sunday night. Winds will be much weaker with this storm compared to the one on Saturday night.

Those hoping for a long duration of spring weather may have to wait a week or two as more pushes of cold air and the opportunity for snow will continue through the first week of April.