Wind gusts as high as 70 mph rattled the northern and central Plains into Thursday evening.
As a result, there were plenty of downed tree limbs, flying debris and travel delays. Blowing dust and low visibility led to dangerous conditions on some area roadways over the High Plains.
For some areas, Thursday was the second, if not the third, day in a row of strong winds.
In drought areas, especially from portions of eastern Colorado to central Kansas and northern Oklahoma, the strong winds, combined with dry brush, caused several wildfires to explode, especially across western Nebraska.
A powerful storm will linger over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The strongest winds are occurring away from the center of the storm on its western and southern flank.
The good news is the storm causing the dangerous cross winds and travel difficulties will unwind Friday.
While it will still be rather blustery over portions of the Midwest, by the weekend, winds will come down to tranquil levels throughout the Plains and the Midwest.
Thumbnail image of the American flag flapping in the breeze by kkant1937 for Photos.com
A massive area of low pressure will continue to keep much of Europe in a stormy, unsettled pattern through this weekend.
The Blizzard of 2015 took aim at the Northeast Monday into Tuesday, bringing travel to a halt throughout the region, including major metropolitan areas, such as New York City and Boston.
Those in part of northern New England may be reminded of the Blizzard of 2015 early this weekend as a strengthening storm system impacts the region.
A snowstorm will sweep from the Midwest to the Northeast spanning this weekend into Groundhog Day and will cause major travel delays and disruptions to daily activities.
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Stampede Pass, WA (1946)
192.0 inches of snow in January; record snowfall for one month.
Philadelphia, PA (1977)
The coldest January on record in 211 years of record-keeping.
Northway, AK (1989)
Record high barometer reading of 1978.4 mb (31.85 inches) -- North American record.