Widespread Strong Wind Event Taking Shape Next Few Days

  • Widespread strong wind event taking shape Tuesday evening through Thursday morning as a low pressure system tracks across southern Alberta and Montana.
  • High Wind Warning currently in effect for the Bordeaux area on Interstate 25 for 60 mph gusts. Strong winds begin in the Arlington, I-80 Summit area Tuesday evening that continue into Thursday morning.
  • Strong winds become widespread through day Wednesday with more areas being impacted Wednesday afternoon through the overnight hours. More High Wind Watches and Warnings look likely.
  • Wind prone areas likely to experince 90+ mph gusts  with 65-70 mph gusts at Laramie, Wheatland, Cheyenne. 60+ mph winds for portions of the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday late afternoon and evening.

Hazards: Extreme Blowoff and Blowover Risk for wind prone areas beginning late Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Widespread strong winds through day Wednesday.

Timing & Duration: Strongest winds Wednesday afternoon that will continue to increase into the evening hours.

Impacts: Dangerous driving conditions for light weight and high profile
vehicles on Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rawlins and Interstate 25 from
Colorado state line to Wheatland. Travel delays and possible road closures.

Be alert for the possibility of dangerous travel conditions late today near Bordeaux on I-25. Increasing winds for other wind prone areas Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Widespread High Wind event Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

A HIGH Blowover risk exists along Interstates 25 and 80.

Wind gusts of 85 to 90+ mph for wind prone areas. 65 to 70 mph will be possible outside wind prone areas.

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