The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the broadcast area in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. The reason is because winds are expected to reach as high as 45 miles per hour in some locations, especially open farm field areas where trees and buildings are not present that may obstruct the high flow of air.
The counties affected include the Kossuth, Winnebago, Palo Alto, Hancock, Pocahontas Humboldt, and Emmet Counties. The advisory will be in effect until tonight at 9pm. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Waseca and Freeborn Counties are under a Wind Advisory until midnight tonight. This includes Albert Lea, Minnesota.
The strongest winds are expected to hit the area between 4pm and 8pm tonight according to officials with the weather service. This will create areas of blowing and drifting snow where deep snowpack exists. As the snow crosses the roads, and with the falling temperatures, slick icy spots could develop. This may cause problems for the evening commute.
Also affected will be high profile vehicles, especially on north and south roads. Interstates may become a problem, especially where there are cross winds or open areas. Drivers are urged to exercise caution when traveling.
Those who have loose objects in their yards could see these items blown around or lofted into neighbor yards if not taken care of properly.
Stay with KIOW an kiow.com for further information and developments from this wind event.