Windy Wednesday: Damaging winds forecast for Sidney area
SIDNEY - There will be a high risk of vehicle blow overs and localized power outages with strong winds in the forecast Wednesday across the Nebraska Panhandle, southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado.
A high wind warning remains in effect from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday along the Interstate 80 corridor from Cheyenne to Ogallala, including Pine Bluffs, Kimball, Sidney and Chappell. Bridgeport, Harrisburg, Scottsbluff and Sterling are also included.
News Channel Nebraska Chief Meteorologist Geoff Fox says the high wind warning stretches across the entire state of Nebraska, and for most of the northern and central plains, and back into the Rocky Mountains.
"I'm looking for wind gusts that could peak at in the 60 to 70+ mph range," Fox said. "The time of the strongest winds is going to be between mid-morning and late afternoon/early evening."
Strong winds in the forecast in eastern Nebraska prompted schools to adjust class schedules during the warning.
According to the National Weather Service, strong cross winds will be hazardous to light weight and high profile vehicles, including campers and tractor trailers, especially along north to south oriented roadways.
The NWS says snow squalls may develop across portions of the area, leading to difficult travel conditions in some localized areas due to snow and blowing snow. Use caution if you must drive.
They advise people to avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm and avoid windows.
Fox says these winds will be strong enough to cause damage and blow away any objects that are not fastened down or brought inside.
"If you have Christmas lights up and have inflated decorations on the front lawn, you're going to have to bring them in or make sure they are fastened down," Fox said.
Winds should begin to diminish Wednesday evening, according to Fox. He says Thursday will be sunny, but about 25 degrees cooler than Wednesday.