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55-mph winds possible Sunday

By Alex Sosnowski • Feb 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Winds are strong as 55 mph are possible in Norwalk this weekend.

Because of that, a high wind advisory will be in effect Sunday.

A strengthening storm system over the Plains will move into the Upper Great lakes tonight, and remain north of the area through Sunday. A cold front associated with this system will move through the region tonight, with strong west winds developing behind it Sunday morning. Winds will gradually subside Sunday night into Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch that will be in effect from 4 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday for Huron County and the surrounding areas.

With west winds blowing at 30 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph possible, trees and power lines likely will be downed in various places throughout the region, the weather service reported. As a result, widespread power outages are expected.

Travel will be difficult during that time, especially for high-profile vehicles, the weather service added.

Elsewhere, while flooding problems will continue over parts of the South and Midwest, rain and melting snow may trigger flooding in part of the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic region this weekend.

The expanding flooding risk will be caused by a major storm set to produce high winds, blizzard conditions and tornadoes this weekend.

Wet conditions since late last summer and heavy rainfall in recent days will keep rivers high and out of their banks from the lower Mississippi to the Tennessee and Ohio river basins this weekend and beyond.

In addition to stream and river flooding, additional rain into this weekend will be enough to cause urban flooding from northeastern Texas and central Louisiana to southern Indiana, southern Ohio and southwestern West Virginia.

Cities at risk for not only severe thunderstorms and tornadoes during part of this weekend include Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Tupelo, Miss.; Evansville, Ind.; Louisville and Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati; Pine Bluff and Jonesboro, Ark.; Huntington, W.Va.; and Huntsville, Ala.

Meanwhile, in part of the Northeast, there is also the risk of flooding this weekend.

"Snow and ice on the ground contains a significant amount of moisture in the central Appalachians to part of the Atlantic coast," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

There is up to a few inches of rain locked up in the snow cover. With the likelihood of an inch of rain and the potential for 2 inches of rain to fall, the equivalent of 3-6 inches of rain may be unleashed on some watersheds.

Today, the sun will rise at 7:12:44 a.m. and set at 6:14:39 p.m.

On Sunday, the sun will rise at 7:11:15 a.m. and set at 6:15:50 p.m.

And on Monday, the sun will rise at 7:09:45 a.m. and set at 6:17:01 p.m.

 

Local forecast

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - A chance of showers, mainly after 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight - Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 p.m. Low around 45. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday - Showers likely, mainly before 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Windy, with a west wind 31 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy, with a west wind 23 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.

Monday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Breezy.

Monday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Tuesday - Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Tuesday night - A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Wednesday - A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Wednesday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Thursday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

Thursday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Friday - Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Alex Sosnowski is an AccuWeather senior meteorologist.

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