High Winds Could Gust Over 70 MPH In Northeast Nebraska

High Winds Could Gust Over 70 MPH In Northeast Nebraska
Courtesy of NWS.

WAYNE – A very strong storm system will bring dangerous winds to the region on Wednesday.

According to a release from the National Weather Service, these winds will last for several hours and have widespread impacts.

The northeast Nebraska area will see wind gust speeds of above 50 mph between 1 – 8 p.m. with the overnight wind chances just below 50 mph.

Damage to trees and power lines will be expected, resulting in possible power outages. Also, travel will be very hazardous for high profile vehicles.

Winds are expected to increase throughout the day into the late evening hours with sustained speeds and gusts of 55-75 mph. Make sure to secure any items vulnerable to wind (lawn furniture, garbage cans, Christmas decorations, etc.) to prevent loss and damage.

A possibility of a short duration of developing precipitation of rain switching to snow in combination of strong winds could cause zero visibility. Flying dust and debris will also contribute to poor visibility. Any snow accumulation should be less than an inch, but the strong winds could lead to a brief period of whiteout conditions.

Another concern is fire. Efforts to contain fires in those extreme wind conditions could prove difficult. If you have had a controlled burn within the past few days, ensure there aren’t any embers or hot spots that could be fueled and spread by strong winds.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is also asking you to keep yourself informed of developments throughout the day and be safe.