Extremely Windy Conditions Expected
This Evening through Saturday Afternoon


A strong cold front will move across western and north central Nebraska Friday evening.  Very strong pressure rises in the wake of the frontal passage, will help drive strong winds tonight through Saturday afternoon.

Surface low pressure will strengthen over the northern Plains this afternoon, as the cold front dives south across the high Plains this evening and overnight. Strong high pressure will be building over the northern Rockies.  Thus a tight pressure gradient will help produce a prolonged period of gusty northwest winds across our region.

Below is an animation showing the pressure gradient forces that will drive these strong winds across much of western & north central Nebraska. Please click to view this animation in Windows Media Player.

Animated Surface Map Progression

Below are some 4 panel forecast model forecasts, showing the expected force of the winds.  These 4 panel projections show the lowest sections of the atmosphere, near the surface.

For reference, these panels depict the following levels:

Top Left/850 millibars Top Right/800 millibars
Bottom Left 750 millibars Bottom Right/700 millibars

(Map above valid at midnight CST)

  (Map above valid at 6 a.m. Saturday)

(Map above valid at Noon CST Saturday)

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Steve Carmel

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