High Wind Warning

A line of fast-moving thunderstorms likely late Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A moderate risk of severe thunderstorms is in effect for southern Minnesota into southwestern Wisconsin. 

Main hazards are damaging winds and tornadoes.

Winds between 30 and40 mph with gusts to 60 mph possible Wednesday evening through Wednesday night.

Southern Minnesota could see a line of severe thunderstorms with potentially historic high winds Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

Strong sustained winds are expected around 30 to 40 mph across southern and eastern Minnesota into western Wisconsin throughout Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a high winds warning from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday where damaging winds with gusts of 60 to 65 mph are expected.

Wind Chart

"Elevated wind speeds start late Wednesday afternoon with highest speeds late Wednesday evening through Wednesday night, diminishing after daybreak Thursday morning," the NWS said.

There is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms in southern Minnesota that could contain gusts in excess of 80 mph and some embedded tornadoes, according NWS.

With high winds trees and power lines may be blown down and widespread power outages are expected, NWS said.

Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Hazardous

driving conditions due to low visibility.

"Today's volatile day of weather has not been seen before in mid-December," NWS said.

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at svoight@orourkemediagroup.com


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