Those strong winds that caused interstate closings and scattered power outages on Tuesday will be back with a vengeance Thursday.
The National Weather Service is advising people across most of Nebraska and Iowa to drive with care on Thursday and to tie down loose objects. In many areas a high wind warning will likely be issued, said Rick Chermok, meteorologist with the weather service.
The worst of the winds are expected from about Omaha-Lincoln northward, with winds picking up in the morning and intensifying in the afternoon, Chermok said.
Northwest winds of 30 mph to 40 mph and gusts from 50 mph to 60 mph are forecast, he said.
Drivers of high profile vehicles and empty semi tractor trailers will be at risk of losing control of their vehicles, according to the weather service. High winds are expected across the length of Nebraska, which will make travel on Interstate 80 difficult.
"It's going to take an effort to drive," Chermok said.
On Tuesday, most gusts in the metro topped out between 35 mph and 45 mph, and the strongest gust at Eppley Airfield was 55 mph.
Tom Kines, meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., said the winds won't die down on Thursday as quickly as they did Tuesday. AccuWeather is The World-Herald's weather consultant.
The good news is there's no snow on the ground. Further north, in Minnesota and the Dakotas, where there is snow, blizzard watches and warnings are in effect because the winds will whip up the snow creating a ground blizzard.
Temperatures will drop with the arriving cold front and by Friday morning, below zero wind chills are forecast.