A large and strong storm will strengthen over the region Wednesday, then move quickly away from Iowa Wednesday night. As the storm departs the winds behind it will increase significantly Wednesday night with high winds expected overnight. Brisk winds are likely again on Thursday. Strongest winds will reach western Iowa Wednesday evening and continue overnight. Sustained speeds of 35mph to 40mph with gusts in excess of 55mph late evening and overnight. Because of this a high wind warning has been issued from 6pm Wednesday to 6am Thursday. A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speed of at least 40mph or gusts of 58mph or more can lead to property damage.
A high wind watch still remains in effect for Wednesday evening. A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40mph, or gusts of 58mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecast for a possible update to a high wind warning.
After the high wind warning expires Thursday morning, a wind advisory will then replace it as winds will still be gusting. This wind advisory will be in effect from 6am to 6pm Thursday. A wind advisory means that winds of 35mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
The strong winds will affect travelers, especially high profile vehicles on north south roads. Loose objects will also be blown around.