A tightening pressure gradient in the wake of a departing cold front
will lead to the very strong winds across the area. West to
southwest winds will increase into the 25 to 35 mph range, with
gusts up to 45 mph at times. The winds will gradually subside toward
A wind advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday for the counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall,
Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, DeWitt,
Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon,
Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Shelby,
including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal,
Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville,
Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon and
Timing: Strong west to southwest winds will develop in the
wake of a cold front after 9 a.m. Strong, gusty winds will then
persist through the afternoon before gradually subsiding toward
Winds: Sustained winds will reach the 25 to 35 mph range,
with gusts up to 45 mph at times.
Results: Travelers on north-south-oriented roads will
experience significant crosswinds, making travel difficult.
Lightweight or loosely secured objects can be tossed about. Some
damage to tree branches and power lines will be possible.
Precautionary, preparedness actions: A wind advisory means
that sustained winds of 30 mph are expected. Winds this strong can
make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Use
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