Winds are expected to increase once again today as low pressure deepens as it moves across the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The winds will strengthen behind a cold front which will pass quickly through the state this morning. The strong winds will persist into the afternoon before a gradual decrease toward evening.
Winds will strengthen by mid to late morning as a cold front passes through central Iowa. The strong winds will then persist through sunset. Northwest winds should reach sustained speeds of 25 to 35-mph with gusts of 40 to 50-mph likely.
Winds of this magnitude may blow loose objects such as Christmas decorations and make travel for high profile vehicles difficult. Fire weather conditions will also be elevated in areas that do not receive sufficient precipitation. Any fires may spread quickly. A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 30-mph or wind gusts of 45-mph or greater are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.