Much of Kansas is under a high wind warning until 7pm. Wind speeds matching those of a low-end severe thunderstorm are expected across much of the state. Warning map current as of 6am 2021-10-28.
In the areas identified above, wind is expected to be maintained between 30 and 40 mph and gusts to 60mph are expected. Property damage is possible from those wind speeds, and you can expect a lot of loose items blowing around. Travel will be difficult on east west roads and driving into the north wind, especially for high profile vehicles. (On the plus side, those needing to drive to the south today will make outstanding gas mileage!)
More details from the associated NWS offices:
The morning model forecast soundings are indicating really deep unidirectional nearly constant wind speeds around 50 knots and higher just above the boundary layer that can easily mix out as the profiles turn dry adiabatic as early as mid to late morning. With this setup, most of the model guidance was likely too low, and the NAM MOS showed probably the best option with sustained wind speed int he 35 knot area for midday. A high wind warning is posted for the entire area as even locations not in the preferred mixing zone from say Scott City – Garden/Dodge and areas south, will still be quite close on gusts. Winds will make travel difficult for high profile vehicles all day. The gradient should maintain windy conditions beyond sunset , however the high wind gusts should be eliminated with the stable boundary layer returning.Area Forecast Discussion issued 2021-10-28 early morning
Main concern is the strong north winds and potential for locally damaging winds today across central Kansas. The deepening tropospheric low over the Ozarks will result in a tight pressure gradient with diurnal warming where the sky clears lending to steep lapse rates this afternoon for locations generally along/west of the I-135 corridor. This will result in deep mixing in the unidirectional northerly flow tapping higher momentum air where speeds will exceed 50 kts, some of which may occasionally reach the surface.Area Forecast Discussion issued 2021-10-28 early morning