All Weather News

Dangerous Winds and Fire Conditions for North Dakota and Minnesota Wednesday

18 Oct 2017, 9:31 am

Strong winds are in the forecast for parts of North Dakota and Minnesota as a cold front sweeps through the region.  Winds behind this cold front will be out of the west and gusts could be approaching 50 mph.  This is the same system that brought strong winds to Montana on Tuesday.

Winds shouldn’t be as strong as they were on Tuesday, but still strong enough to warrant a Wind Advisory from the National Weather Service for parts of North Dakota and far northwest Minnesota.

A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of 45 mph or higher are anticipated and winds this strong can make driving difficult…especially for high profile vehicles.  Definitely use caution if you are traveling in the areas under the advisory.

These strong winds combined with the dry grasses and low humidity will elevate fire weather conditions in eastern North Dakota and parts of northern Minnesota.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of North Dakota and for northern Minnesota for Wednesday afternoon and evening.  This means that dangerous fire conditions are occurring now or will be occurring shortly.  We have 3 factors coming together for the high fire danger…strong winds, low humidity and mild temperatures.  Winds will be out of the west and northwest at around 30 mph and wind gusts could be approaching 50 mph.  The air is very dry in this part of the country with humidity values likely only in the teens.  Temperatures will be mild with highs 50s during the afternoon.

With the risk of extreme fire behavior, here is another look at ways to prevent wild fires.


Meteorologist Patrick Crawford





Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.