Wind Advisory in Effect Wednesday

Yes, it's windy as all get out, but it's also a day for people to get out.

Tut tut, it looks like rain ... not!

In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the east wind traded places with the west wind, and that stirred things up in the 100-Acre Woods.

Things are indeed stirred up today—the trees are thrashing thrustily and the leaves are rustling gustily, and the National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory in place until 6 p.m.

South and southwest winds are sustained near 30 mph and gusting up to 45 or 50 mph, the National Weather Service-Chicago says. Wind gusts are expected to diminish below 45 mph "toward sunset."

Driving is difficult, but the NWS warns that "gusty winds and dry air may lead to hazardous burning conditions," and the scanners have reported more than just the St. Charles house fire today.

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph or gusts between 45 and 57 mph are likely. And of course the winds can cause minor damage, including downed power lines.

That said, people are outside enjoying the warm temperatures. The high is expected to be 66 degrees.

Tomorrow is more of the same. Here's the NWS report:

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Breezy, with a south wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a south southwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 

Wednesday Night: A chance of rain before 9pm, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and midnight, then rain after midnight. Low around 43. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming northwest. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


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