Residents of the northern Rockies and northern Plains should prepare for damaging winds spanning through Wednesday, as a powerful windstorm sweeps through the region.
Many places from Great Falls, Mont., to Kansas City, Mo., could be hit with wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph.
Other cities in the massive wind tunnel include Rapid City, S.D.; Bismarck, N.D.; Omaha, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; and Des Moines, Iowa. The core of the strongest winds will pass south and west of Minneapolis.
Gusts as high as 90 mph will hammer the ridges and mountain passes of the northern Rockies.
Approaching hurricane force, these winds will likely take down tree limbs and power lines, leading to power outages, property damage and travel concerns. There is a risk of vehicle rollovers in areas where there is a crosswind, especially in the I-25 corridor.
The same crosswinds can lead to flight delays at some airports.
Winds produced by the non-tropical cyclone over the north-central U.S. may be stronger than the winds experienced in Bermuda as Hurricane Rafael passed to the east of the islands Tuesday night.
While the storm system and its winds will peak over the Plains, strong gusts will reach into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region by Thursday. Gusts between 40 and 50 mph are possible in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Louisville and Cincinnati.
A storm system that brought drenching rain to the Pacific Northwest Monday evening will rapidly strengthen as it pushes east of the Rockies, near the U.S./Canada border during the middle of the week.
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Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.
Sunshine will slowly fade away early this week as clouds move in ahead of the next storm system.
Above-normal temperatures will again move into the Los Angeles area.
A chance of rain is expected on Monday as a Pacific storm moves through the Northwest United States.
Seasonable, dry weather will prevail across the Atlanta area through Friday.
Umbrellas and raincoats will be needed this week in the Seattle area.
Sunshine and dry conditions will be seen over the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the end of the week.
Pagwa, Ontario, Canada (1923)
Highest amount of snowfall in Ontario for a climatological day - 36.0".
South Coast...greater than 80-mph katabatic winds this afternoon. Prudhoe Bay (oil area) ... temp around 10 degrees, winds to 65 mph much of the day. Wind chill around 55 below zero.
Seattle, WA (1987)
69 degrees - record high for the date - the 29th record high of the year.