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Wind Event Update: 6am Thursday

Here are some model forecasts loops for wind speeds expected in the next 48 hours.

Forecast Wind Gust Loop, NAM3k Model
This loop from the NAM3k model shows forecast wind gusts through early Saturday morning.

 

GFS Model Wind Gust forecast
This loop from the GFS model also depicts forecast wind gusts through early Saturday.

 

GFSv16 Wind Speed Forecast Loop
This loop from the GFSv16 model shows forecast sustained wind speeds through late Friday.

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.

WWA Map valid 6am CST 2020-01-14
WWA Map valid 6am CST 2020-01-14

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.

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Grey skies with a few showers will be the weather story to finish out the workweek, but the payoff is a beautiful weekend. We are also closely monitoring what appears to be the first significant severe weather threat of the season for the state.

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