BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES, EXTREME WINDS ON THE WAY...

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HIGH WINDS TO BLAST THE REGION WEDNESDAY...

A powerful November storm will bring extreme winds to much of the central Midwest Wednesday. Gusts in some areas could reach 55 to 60 mph. High wind watches have been upgraded to warnings in a large part of my area area from late tonight through Wednesday.

The worst if the winds are not expected to hit until after 3:00 am tonight in my area. That means you will have time through the evening to get things secured before the winds arrive. Garbage containers will be easily rolled and any loose Christmas decorations could be damaged. Travel will also be impacted, especially Wednesday. High profile vehicles such as semi's will be also be vulnerable to the gusts that could reach 55 to 60. In Illinois SW of Chicago 10 meter gusts up to 70 mph are shown on the EURO.

These are some of the specifics of the wind warning from the NWS in the Quad Cities.

Another interesting feature of the storm for my area will be the potential for thunderstorms late in the evening or overnight as the storm center approaches. This simulated radar shows them from eastern Iowa into Missouri at 10:00 pm

Below is a lightning flash density product showing 6 hours worth of lightning strikes ending at 9pm.

A few of the thunderstorms in my southern counties could produce some marginal severe weather in the form of gusty winds and small hail. SPC has this for a severe weather risk later today.

In spots there will be some heavy downpours, especially in the stronger thunderstorms. This is what the EURO shows for total precipitation.

The other big story will be the snow that falls from Nebraska and NW Iowa into Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. Some very significant totals in the range of 8-12" are expected, especially in NW Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Here's the latest snowfall forecasts for the areas impacted by the storm.

The NWS Des Moines:

The NWS Minneapolis

Needless to say traveling will be difficult through Wednesday where the snow falls to the NW. Elsewhere winds will make travel a bit tough even where the flakes don't fly much of the day. Conditions will improve over all the central Midwest Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day. Be safe and have a happy holiday wherever the road leads you. Roll weather...TS

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