Strong winds will impact the Great Lakes region through Thursday with gusts occasionally reaching between 30 and 40 mph.
These winds could lead to flight delays and downed tree limbs across this area, including the cities of Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and Buffalo.
Not only should folks that have flights scheduled to depart the Northeast and Midwest Thursday prepare for flight delays due to the gusty winds, but also those who have scheduled flights headed into the regions.
In addition to the threat of flight delays and minor problems, winds will also make temperatures feel much colder than they already are.
The combination of cloud cover and gusty winds will make the AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures struggle to climb out of the 20s in many areas, even during the afternoon which is typically the warmest part of the day.
The AccuWeather.com RealFeel® determines how the temperature actually feels outside by taking into account different factors such as humidity, amount of sunlight and wind speed.
Although Thursday will be the start of a warming trend in the Midwest and Northeast, persistent winds will keep AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures in the low to mid-30s.
"While there will be some wind on Friday and Saturday, most people will be feeling how mild it will be getting," Abrams said.
With a warmup in sight and the cold wind subsiding, temperatures across the area will feel 30 to 40 degrees warmer.
A second round of strong wind is possible later in the weekend as another arctic cold front approaches.
"Winds could again be strong enough to cause flight delays and other problems Saturday night into Sunday night from the Ohio Valley to the Great Lakes," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "Drenching rain will accompany the strong winds during this time."
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A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
With many winter storms lined up, snow will create a wintry setting for Christmas in some areas.
As the train of storms from the Pacific Ocean continues, rounds of rain and mountain snow will affect areas from the Northwest to the Intermountain West and Rockies through Christmas Day.
The train of storms that has pushed through California this month has brought welcome snow to Southern California ski resorts and helped launch their season after a slow start.
After a few mild days at the start of next week, temperatures will fall in time to create some wintry weather and travel woes for Christmas.
Central Illinois (1836)
Famous "Sudden Change" in central Illinois. Cold front at noon caused quick drop from 40 degrees to zero.
Lander, WY (1924)
Bar. pressure 31.29" 1060 mb.
A cold outbreak sent the temperature plummeting to 3 degrees below zero at Nantucket, MA and to 11 degrees below zero at Boston, MA