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Winds whip region

Gusty winds have moved in behind the wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain that fell Sunday across the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a

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that will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday. The strong winds could down tree branches and power lines, and make driving difficult.

A pole fire with downed wires was reported on Skippack Pike (Route 72) between Route 202 and Wales Road in Whitpain Township, according to



And there is a ban in effect for big box trucks and trucks carrying sheds on the Commodore Barry Bridge.

The winds - gusting at 40 mph at Philadelphia International Airport this afternoon - are the result of a strong cold front that has moved through the region, according to the weather service. The front's interaction with a developing low pressure system over Southern New England is producing the strong winds.

The weather service forecasts west to northwest winds from 15 to 25 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph tonight with gusts of up to 50 mph expected.

On Tuesday, scattered flurries possible with mostly cloudy skies. High near 38. Breezy, with a west wind between 18 and 23 mph.

Tuesday night will bring a chance of snow showers after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.