Here are some model forecasts loops for wind speeds expected in the next 48 hours.
This is resulting in High Wind Warnings and Red Flag Warnings for much of the region. Watches/Warnings Display valid at 6:00am Thursday, January 14th.
Gold: High Wind Warning – Damaging winds may blow down tree limbs and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. There may also be areas of blowing dirt and reduced visibilities.
Bright Pink: Red Flag Warning – Critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
The warnings in Iowa are Blizzard and other winter weather warnings.