Wind gusts from 75-85 mph possible. Please take precautions!
From the US National Weather Service in Dodge City -
...High Impact Intense Wind Wednesday...
Here is the timeline for the expected windstorm on Wednesday. South winds will remain elevated and gusty Tuesday night through sunrise Wednesday, gusting over 30 mph at times. Around 9 am Wednesday, a strong dry line will enter far western Kansas, and then race to the eastern zones by 2 pm. As this process occurs, winds will accelerate rapidly from west to east during the midday hours. Since we are in the shortest days and weakest sun of the year, that will limit the time the winds have to blow. That said, we are still expecting about a 4-5 hour windstorm centered on the 10 am - 3 pm time frame, after which winds will rapidly diminish. Winds are expected to be down to 15-25 mph at sunset. During the peak 10 am - 3 pm window, we still expect widespread gusts of 60-70 mph. Some gusts in the 75-80 mph range will occur, probably on the preferred higher terrain northwest of Dodge City.
Travel will be very difficult to dangerous, especially on open highways and around elevators. Given the dry spell, widespread blowing dust is expected.
It is critically important that we all do our part to avoid starting fires midday Wednesday. Any wildfire that gets started in these conditions and super dry grasses will be very dangerous and essentially impossible to control until sunset. Avoid driving hot catalytic converters over the grass, and avoid any activity that involves sparks or flames.
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