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40-plus mph winds reported in parts of the state

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Wind gusts in New Britain were strong enough to topple patio furniture. (Christina Ann Rosenblatt/iWitness photo) Wind gusts in New Britain were strong enough to topple patio furniture. (Christina Ann Rosenblatt/iWitness photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After the wind, it's going to get a bit chilly.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon said the wind began whipping late Friday morning and is expected to continue into the night.

"Temperatures will soon be dropping across Connecticut as a strong cold front has pushed through the region," Dixon said.

Around noon in Windsor Locks, Dixon recorded a gust of 41 mph.

In Meriden, there was a 44 mph gust.

The wind was strong enough in Ashford to bring down a tree that knocked out power lines on Route 44.

A wind advisory was posted for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties until 1 a.m. on Saturday.

"Regardless of your location in CT, it is windy," Dixon said. "Additionally, on that northwesterly wind, colder air filters into the state."

Dixon said highs for the day have already been achieved in the upper 50s and low 60s.

"The air will turn steadily colder [Friday] afternoon, especially around the time of sunset which is 4:33 p.m.," said meteorologist Scot Haney.

Dixon said the drop into the 40s may be felt by the time the evening commute rolls around.

Haney said if folks have plans for Friday night, they should prepare to bundle up.

"Temperatures will drop through the 40s then into the 30s and the wind will make it feel even colder," he said. "Wind chills should dip into the 20s [Friday] evening."

Saturday will start chilly and breezy, but sunny.

The morning low will be in the 20s to near 30 degrees. Highs will range from the 40s in Litchfield County to the 50s along the coast.

"A northwesterly wind will gust to 20-30 mph," Haney said. "The wind should turn more westerly during the afternoon."

Sunday should be much more comfortable.

Temperatures should get close to 60 degree.

"It’ll be a nice looking day too with mostly sunny skies," Haney said. "While there may be a few wind gusts to over 20 mph, the wind shouldn't be too strong."

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