A powerful area of low pressure in our upper atmosphere has brought tremendous winds to the central Plains - winds gusts over 70 mph in North Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, that is Hurricane Strength! That low will migrate to the central Plains and Great Lakes today and Thursday. Winds will still be strong, but not quite as powerful as they were Tuesday in the Upper Midwest.
As mentioned above, winds won't be nearly as strong as they were through teh Dakotas and Nebraska. Still, we could see gusts upwards of 40 mph through the day today. This is why there is a wind advisory in effect for those locations through Wednesday. As the area of low pressure moves loser to the Great Lakes region we anticipate the winds to be in the range of 20-30 mph. It will be blustery out there!
While winds will be the most widespread impact from this low pressure system sweeping across the Central U.S., we also could see a few rain showers. Unfortuantely it won't be where we desperately need the rain along the Red River of the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa where drought conditions are ongoing. However, a couple inches of rainfall will be possible for the Upper Great Lakes and Midwest through Friday.