A windy weekend whirls in

If you haven't noticed already, Minnesota is a pretty windy place. Granted, the metro escapes a lot of it because of the many trees and buildings that block the strongest of winds and keep them hovering just above the tree line. Regardless though, it's still a pretty breezy place. The wind is likely most noticeable in the winter when winds can make it feel 30, 40, or even 50 degrees colder than the actual air temperature. The wind won't have quite as much bite to it in the spring, but the transition seasons of fall and spring can bring some of the strongest non thunderstorm related winds to the state. The next week looks very breezy and it all starts late Saturday and extends through Sunday. Our next storm system moves into the Upper Midwest with a pretty strong area of low pressure. It is moisture starved, so while this strong and compact system could drop a lot of rain, it won't. In terms of precipitation, this one will have more bark than bite. But because the low is so strong, the winds will really be whipping with gusts to 50 mph possible in open areas and 40 mph possible in the metro. These breezes will start out of the south and then switch to the northwest on Sunday as the "cold" front goes by (not really a whole lot of cold air behind this front). Check out sustained wind speeds for the area starting Saturday afternoon and heading through Sunday afternoon…

 

 

 

This will be one of those storms that rattles some loose windows at night with sustained speeds between 10 and 30 mph. The hardest hit will be the Buffalo Ridge area in the southwestern corner of the state. But these are just sustained wind speeds… now check out possible wind gusts from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon…