Freeze Warnings Issued, High Wind Warnings Continue Across the Area

HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 AM CDT MONDAY…

…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CDT MONDAY…

For the counties of:
Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion and Chase.

Including the cities of Russell, Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Wilson, Salina, Lyons, Sterling, McPherson, Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody, Cottonwood Falls, and Strong City.

* WHAT…For the High Wind Warning, northwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected. For the Freeze Warning, sub-freezing temperatures dropping into the low 20s are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of Central Kansas.

* WHEN…For the High Wind Warning, from 7 AM this morning to 1 AM CDT Monday. For the Freeze Warning, from 7 PM this evening to 10 AM CDT Monday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The strong winds may be accompanied by a wintry mix along the I-70 corridor in the afternoon causing periods of reduced visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

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HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CDT MONDAY…

For the counties of:
Cloud, Clay, Ottawa, Dickinson and Morris.

Including the cities of Concordia, Clay Center, Minneapolis, Bennington, Abilene, Herington, and Council Grove.

* WHAT…For the High Wind Warning, north winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected. For the Freeze Warning, sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 expected.

* WHERE…Cloud, Clay, Ottawa, Dickinson, and Morris Counties.

* WHEN…For the High Wind Warning, from 10 AM this morning to 10 PM CDT this evening. For the Freeze Warning, from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM CDT Monday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

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