Oct 17, 2020 12:35 PM

NWS: Gusty winds, advisories, grassland fire danger Saturday

Posted Oct 17, 2020 12:35 PM

Strong winds are forecast across the eastern half of Kansas today, bringing with them wind advisories for some counties and a greater risk grassland fire danger.

The strongest winds are expected from mid-morning through early afternoon, with winds decreasing later in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The highest wind speeds expected range from 40 to 50 mph over the eastern half of the state.

The gusty winds will make driving challenging for high profile vehicles on east west roads, and will contribute to elevated fire danger. The greatest risk will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Avoid outdoor burning.

NWS in Wichita has issued a wind advisory in effect from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for Marion County.

Southwest winds at 25 to 35 mph with gusts around 45 mph are forecast. The strongest winds are expected during the mid to late morning hours while gradually subsiding as we move through the afternoon hours.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects. Avoid outdoor burning.

Additionally, NWS in Topeka has issued a wind advisory in effect from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for Dickinson County.

Southwest winds at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are expected. Strong winds paired with low relative humidity and recent dry conditions will also lead to an increase in fire danger. Outdoor burning of any kind is strongly discouraged.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.