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    Brett Anderson

    Potential for Damaging Winds

    1/13/2014, 10:29:53 AM

    Another round of strong and potentially damaging winds is in store for the Prairie region later Tuesday into Wednesday as a strong storm tracks southeastward from the Northwest Territories.

    Winds gusted to 125 km/h earlier today in the Pincher Creek area of southwestern Alberta, which is normally a very windy spot with a large wind farm.

    Later Tuesday, west-southwest winds will rapidly increase during the afternoon from north to south along the foothills of western Alberta with gusts in the 80-100 km/h range with even higher localized gusts (>125 km/h) in the foothills not too far south of Grand Prairie during Tuesday evening.


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    By Wednesday, a strengthening storm will dive into northwestern Manitoba. The west-northwest winds at the surface will be aligned nearly perfectly with a strong jet stream aloft, which will produce the powerful winds.


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    The strongest winds (gusts 100-125 km/h) will likely run from central Alberta Tuesday night/early Wednesday to Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba on Wednesday. These strong winds will make for difficult travel, especially with high-profile vehicles and could cause some damage to trees and shingles.

    There will be a quick shot of cold air into the Prairies behind this storm Wednesday night into early Thursday; otherwise, much of western Canada will experience above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation into early next week.

    Actually, I do not see any sustained cold weather for western Canada over the next 10 days as waves of cold come and go through the eastern half of the country with the potential for some storms near the East Coast.

    The clipper storm which brought some snow to western Prairies today will track southeast and will likely bring a quick 2-8 cm of snow to southern Ontario Tuesday night into early Wednesday. The best chance for over 8 cm will be north of a line from Sarnia to Barrie, Ontario. Be prepared for slick roads in this region on your way out to work Wednesday morning.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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