Winds Threaten Pottstown, Collegeville, West MontCo

MOUNT HOLLY NJ – Most of western Montgomery County, and the specifically mentioned boroughs of Collegeville and Pottstown, are expected to be hit Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning (April 30 to May 1, 2021) with high northwest winds that could gust up to 60 miles per hour at times, the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly warned Friday at 4:22 a.m.

“Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines,” the weather alert proclaimed. “Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” it added.

Under the best of conditions, weekend winds will reach speeds of between 25 and 35 mph, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph anticipated, according to the weather service. The strongest wind gusts “are most likely to occur from late Friday afternoon through pre-dawn hours Saturday,” its report stated.

“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches,” it also said. “If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”

The State College-based AccuWeather Inc. also observed that the “combination of wind, cooler air, and other factors on Friday and Friday evening will result in AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures being 30-50 degrees lower” when compared to their peak from Wednesday afternoon. “Spending time outdoors on Friday or Friday evening may be a bit uncomfortable,” it suggested.

Map graphic from AccuWeather