BY SARAH GREGORY
A wind advisory is in effect through midnight tonight.
The National Weather Service office in Morristown says strong, gusty winds today are moving in ahead of an approaching cold front that will bring cooler temperatures for the next couple of days.
Meteorologist Derek Eisentrout said this morning that winds today "will really pick up across Greene County, especially in the mountains and their adjacent foothills."
Eisentrout said the southerly winds will be 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
In the wind advisory, the National Weather Service cautions that tree limbs or weakened trees may be blown down. Unsecured objects outdoors may be overturned.
Strong winds can also make driving difficult, particularly for high-profile vehicles. Motorists should exercise additional caution while traveling today.
COOLER TEMPERATURES, RAIN
The cold front that follows the winds will bring precipitation in the form of rain. Eisentrout said that Greene County can expect about an inch of rain in the afternoon and overnight hours.
Strong winds and rain should taper off through the evening hours.
Tuesday will be characterized by mostly cloudy skies in the morning and a low around 40 degrees.
Eisentrout said cloud cover should taper off after Tuesday morning, bringing partly cloudy skies and highs in the 50s by Tuesday afternoon.
The cold front, Eisentrout said, will cause high temperatures to be "a little bit cooler than the last few days."
Tuesday's high temperature is expected to be near 54. As the cold front moves in, Wednesday's high is forecast for 44 degrees. Sunny skies on Thursday will be accompanied by a high near 48 degrees.
The Weather Service predicts temperatures to start warming back up by the weekend. Friday's ex[ected high of nearly 56 degrees will be followed by Saturday and Sunday highs in the low- and mid-60s.