A storm system responsible for wind gusts near hurricane strength over the Plains on Tuesday will spread of blustery, chilly conditions to the Ohio Valley Thursday. It will feel quite raw in some areas of the Midwest, where rain joins in.
Wind gusts in the neighborhood of 60 mph buffeted the communities of Miles City, Mont., Alliance, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D., Tuesday into Wednesday. Gusts topped hurricane-force speeds in the Rockies.
Gusts of 50 to 60 mph redeveloped Wednesday over portions of the Dakotas and Nebraska including Bismarck, N.D., Huron, S.D., and Omaha, Neb.
As the storm strengthens yet again, powerful wind gusts will sweep into eastern Kansas, across Missouri and into the Ohio Valley region Thursday. Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis will have very blustery conditions as a result.
Just as the weather delayed play for NLCS Game 3 Wednesday in St. Louis with rain and lightning, wind could be a player for a time for Game 4 Thursday evening. West to southwest winds average 15 to 30 mph are forecast with higher gusts.
The winds will be strong enough to break some tree limbs and could cause sporadic power outages.
Crosswinds can be strong enough to affect high-profile and lightweight vehicles. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel. Crosswinds at some area airports could lead to flight delays.
Loose items will be sent airborne, including trash cans, recycling bins and any lightweight lawn furniture left over from the summer season. Leaves piled up for collection will be re-arranged. (Photos.com image by George Doyle)
The storm will also send a shot of chilly air into the Midwest. It will be a bit of shock for areas in the Mississippi Valley and Plains that recently had highs in the 80s. Temperatures will be 30 degrees lower in some areas Thursday and Friday, compared to earlier in the week.
The area from the eastern part of the Dakotas and western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa could be very miserable with strong wind, chill and periods of rain Thursday.
To make matters worse, during Thursday and Friday, in some locations from Minnesota and Iowa, eastward to Michigan, the chilly showers could be accompanied by a cross between hail and snow, which meteorologists call graupel.
The chill, rain and gusty winds will follow strong to locally severe thunderstorms over part of the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys Wednesday evening.
Below is a partial list of locations and strong wind gusts observed (miles per hour) during the 24-hour period ending at 8:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
Dry, chilly weather will remain across the Chicago area through the weekend as travelers begin their trek home from Thanksgiving destinations.
Atlanta will see temperatures climb through the weekend and into the new week.
The San Francisco Bay area will see a few storm systems bring periods of rain to the area throughout the weekend before heavier rainfall moves in early in the new week.
While sunshine and pleasant conditions will hold through the weekend in the Los Angeles area, much needed rain will return to the drought-stricken region early in the new week.
The Detroit metro area will face a mix of snow and rain over the weekend as travelers head home after holiday festivities.
Mother Nature delivered a blast of fresh powder as a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm struck the East, much to the delight of holiday skiers.
Havre, MT (1896)
Minus 51 degrees.
New England (1945)
Severe "nor'easter" in New England - winds in Boston averaged 40.5 mph over a 24-hour period. The rain changed to snow which accumulated to 16 inches in interior New England. Thirty-tree deaths were attributed to the storm.
November 1972 was one of the wettest on record for the Northeastern U.S. As of the 27th, NYC had its wettest November ever with 11.36 inches. This broke the old record of 9.97 inches. Binghamton, NY, had a monthly total of 7.11 inches -- the wettest November in the 75-year history of record keeping at Broome County Airport. Binghamton also had 19.4 inches of snow -- exactly a foot above normal.