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
Warmer air will build from California to Washington on Monday and Tuesday raising temperatures to near-record levels.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the second weekend of February.
The new week will bring more opportunities for snow to create slick travel in the northeastern United States, starting with a winter storm set to sideswipe New England on Monday.
As the first of several waves of arctic air sweep southeastward across the Midwest, just enough snow will occur to cause slippery travel over a broad area into Monday.
Cold and snow showers are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers clash for the Super Bowl 50 title in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, they will do so in one of the most energy-efficient stadiums in the world.
Door County, WI (1985)
Up to 30 in. of snow over the past 2 days in parts of Door County, WI (NW of Green Bay). Lake squalls.
Johnstown, PA (1986)
Lightning during a snowstorm set fire to a church and caused damage.
Boston, MA (1861)
46 degrees on this date, -14 degrees on the 8th, and 60 degrees on the 11th.