Gale warning in effect for area, high winds expected through evening

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Wet, windy weather in Hampton Roads Monday. Chance for snow in forecast later this week #hrweather

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the area that is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials are warning of northwestern winds of 30 to 40 knots, with gusts of up to 45 knots. Those winds are expected to drop to 20 to 30 knots in the morning, according to an alert from the NWS.

Waves of 4 to 6 feet may build up to 7 to 12 feet Monday night and are expected to subside Tuesday

Boaters without experience in those conditions are advised to seek safe harbor.

Meteorologists are also warning of wind gusts of 20 to 25 miles per hour that may increase to as much as 35 to 45 miles per hour through the evening.

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4 p.m. update: About 1,000 customers in Hampton, Poquoson, Newport News and other parts of the Peninsula are without power after a front with powerful winds and heavy rain quicky moved through the area Monday, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

Forecasters say the weather today will remain blustery with scattered showers, but the worst of the front that brought winds of nearly 40 mph and horizontal, pounding rain has passed.

"The front with the band of precipitation is moving out over the bay," said Bridget De Rosa, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, just before 1 p.m. "There was a temporary burst of winds and rain. 

"It will remain gusty through the day with some lingering showers, but otherwise the main event has passed through the area," De Rosa said. 

The Hampton Police Division said there have been reports of power outages in downtown Hampton after the powerful storm blew through. Other areas of Hampton were affected as well, police said.

Temperatures have already starting falling from a high of 66 around 12:30 p.m., De Rosa said, according to readings at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The temperature at 1 p.m. was 54 degrees.

Winds between 20 and 25 mph might keep the temperature steady until this evening, when a low of 24 is expect

But we'll have sunny weather for a couple of days after the rain clears out tonight. 

High temperatures will drop into the 30s on Tuesday and jump back into the 50s on Wednesday. Thursday's forecast calls for highs in the 40s, but there's a chance for rain and snow in the morning.

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