High wind warning for northern two-thirds of Nebraska

Staff Writer

High wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) cover the northern two thirds Nebraska from the southern border of the panhandle east to Omaha.

A strong cold front is bringing blustery northwest winds, a few snow or rain showers and a return of winter-like temperatures back to the state, according to the NWS. Winds are to strengthen this evening (Sunday 012719) and remain strong through Monday morning with gusts up to 60 mph possible across the panhandle and the Sandhills. Rapids drops in visibility are expected with any snow shower though little accumulation is expected.

Wind chill readings will drop below zero overnight through Monday early afternoon.

A High Wind Warning is in effect from FROM MIDNIGHT CST /11 PM MST/ TONIGHT TO NOON CST /11 AM MST/ MONDAY (this has been corrected from an earlier report) for the following Nebraska counties -Eastern Cherry-Key Paha-Boyd-Brown-Rock-Holt-Grant-Hooker-Thomas-Blaine-Loup-Garfield-Wheeler-Arthur-McPherson-Logan-Custer-Western Cherry including the cities of Valentine, Springview, Spencer, Butte, Lynch, Ainsworth, Bassett, Rose, Oneill, Atkinson, Hyannis, Mullen, Thedford, Halsey, Dunning, PUrdum, Brewster, Taylor, Burwell, Bartlett, Ericson, Arthur, Tryon, Ringgold, Stapleton, Broken Bow, Cody, Eli, Merriman and Kilgore.

Northwest winds will be 25-35 mph with gust up to 60 mph possible.

The strong northwest winds will increase late this afternoon and continue overnight.

The high winds can bring down large trees and damage roofs, small outbuildings and signs. Sudden gusts can cause drivers to lose control, especially in lightweight or high-profile vehicles.

A High Wind Warning is also in effect for Sheridan, Garden and Duel counties from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 5 a.m. MST Monday.