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Batten down the hatches. It’s expected to be a windy and cold Friday and cold temperatures will continue through Christmas Day.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 6 p.m. Friday and a wind chill advisory from 8 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday for Bladen County and surrounding areas.

Winds are expected to be from the west at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph Friday as temperatures drop throughout the day.

By Friday night, with temperatures possibly in the upper teens and winds gusting as high as 34 mph, wind chills as low as 5 degrees are likely.

The gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. It’s advised to use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle.

The cold wind chills could result in frost bite or hypothermia if precautions are not taken while outside. Use caution while traveling outside.

Friday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy conditions through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with the temperature falling to around 31 by 5 p.m. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Friday night the temperature is expected to drop to as low as 15.

Saturday, the high temperature is expected to be near 33 with wind chill values as low as 5. The low Saturday night will be around 18.

It’s expected to be sunny with a high near 38 Christmas Day. Sunday night, skies are expected to be mostly clear with a low around. 18.

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