...Gusty Northwest Winds Will Continue Across the Region through Tonight...

The table below indicates the peak wind gust speeds through 230 PM on March 2nd, 2007.  These strong gusty winds were noted on the back side of a very strong low pressure system which was moving across the Great Lakes at mid afternoon Friday, March 2nd. This system continued producing snow and widespread areas of blowing and drifting snow over southeastern South Dakota, Minnesota, parts of central and Eastern Nebraska, and Iowa.

Pressure gradient force was driving the strong winds across the central and northern Plains, into the upper Midwest Friday afternoon.  This was due to the pressure differences between high pressure across the Rocky Mountains, and the low pressure aloft moving across Lake Michigan.

Windy conditions are expected to continue over south central Nebraska and north central Kansas through tonight. This will be due to strong northwest wind flow in the mid and upper atmosphere, on the back side of the departing low pressure system. 

The latest graphical hazardous weather outlook can be found here

The table below indicates peak wind speed gusts from the National Weather Service observation networks through 230 PM March 2nd, 2007:

Location Peak Wind Gust (MPH) Time
Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport 52 MPH   226 PM
Hastings Municipal Airport 52 MPH   226 PM
Ord Evelyn Sharp Field 56 MPH 1049 AM
Kearney Regional Airport 46 MPH   155 PM
Aurora Municipal Airport 51 MPH   950 AM
York Municipal Airport 47 MPH   950 AM
Hebron Municipal Airport 45 MPH   950 AM
Holdrege Brewster Field 44 MPH 1030 AM
Lexington Jim Kelly Field 47 MPH   210 PM
Concordia, Kansas 40 MPH   213 PM
Hill City, Kansas 45 MPH   154 PM

The sensors below are provided courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Roads and are generated by road weather information systems (RWIS sensors).

Location Peak Wind Gust (MPH) Time
Clay Center (Hwy 14 and Hwy 74) 52 MPH   920 AM
Campbell (Hwy 4) 48 MPH 1135 AM
York (I-80 and Hwy 81) 54 MPH 1245 PM
Miller (Hwy 83) 38 MPH 1255 PM
Grand Island (South Channel Platte River) 44 MPH 1225 PM

For the latest wind advisory information please click here

For the latest winter weather products please click here

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