A very intense area of low pressure in the northern plains is responsible for our extreme winds, blizzard warnings in Iowa, and the possibility for severe weather in the southeastern United States.
As the cold front moved in early this morning, winds were gusting out of the northwest at 50 to 65 mph. The pressure gradient has since relaxed some, allowing winds to calm down a little bit, but gusts will stay up around the 30 to 40 mph range through 3 p.m.
Gusts will continue to slowly come down through the rest of the day. Look for light southwest winds tonight, but gusts back up to 30 even 40 mph Friday afternoon out of the southwest.
The extreme fire threat will continue until around 4 p.m., and will go down as the winds relax this evening.
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