Anchors Away: Windy Thursday

warningIf you thought the wind on Tuesday was bad, just wait until you hear about tomorrow. A short wave system will be arriving tonight in two different waves. The first wave will move though late tonight an into early tomorrow morning. This wave will kick up winds and potentially causing very strong winds. Winds north of I-80 and west of I-35 will be sustained from 30 to 40 mph with gusts in excess of 55mph. Some gusts may approach 60mph and this is why a high wind warning is in effect from 6am tomorrow morning through 9pm tomorrow evening.

48hourforecastsnowfallThe second wave will bring a chance of light snow, mainly across northern Iowa. This is where a winter weather advisory is in effect from 9am to 9pm Thursday. The strong northwest winds will continue through the afternoon during this light snow causing blowing snow. This blowing snow will become a big concern tomorrow afternoon, and we may see watches and warnings issued because of this. We may potentially see blizzard warnings issued, even though a lot of snow is not expected from this system. Snow accumulations will generally be between one and two inches, however, the strong winds will cause near whiteout conditions.

Areas further to the south will see winds not as strong as northwest Iowa, but still strong enough for a wind advisory to be issued from 9am to 9pm Thursday. Winds will be sustained from 25mph to 35mph with gusts in excess of 50mph possible. Remember to bring any loose objects in tomorrow as they will be blown around with these strong northwest winds.

Cold temperatures will then move into the state tomorrow night with wind chills dropping down to 20 below zero across northern Iowa. It looks like another strong system will move through the state on Saturday but we will continue to keep an eye on this system and will bring you the very latest details tomorrow. For all the very latest information, make sure to check our Facebook page, and right here at

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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