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Dakota County, Twin Cities Metro Under Wind Advisory on Thursday

Strong winds today are expected to gust up to 45 miles an hour. The advisory continues until 10 p.m.

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Hey, it’s windy out.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for most of central and southern Minnesota, including Dakota County and the rest of the Twin Cities metro area, until 10 p.m. today.

The regional weather station for Apple Valley and Rosemount, located at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, was reporting sustained winds of 21 miles per hour and gusts of up to 35 miles an hour shortly after 1 p.m.

Those strong breezes will continue throughout the day, says the weather service.

Here is the text of the weather service’s advisory:

A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL AND PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH 10 PM CDT. THE ADVISORY GENERALLY ENCOMPASSES THE AREA NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA DOWN THROUGH MANKATO. SUSTAINED NORTHWEST WINDS NEAR 30 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH...ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON...DIMINISHING DURING THE EVENING. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION...ESPECIALLY ON EAST TO WEST ORIENTED ROADWAYS...INCLUDING INTERSTATE 94 FROM ALEXANDRIA...ST CLOUD TO THE TWIN CITIES...AND ALONG INTERSTATE 90 IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA.

THESE STRONG WINDS WILL OCCUR DUE TO A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WHICH WILL MOVE FROM WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THIS MORNING...TO NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA THIS AFTERNOON. A COLD FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW WILL PUSH EAST ACROSS THE REGION THIS MORNING...WITH THE STRONG WINDS DEVELOPING IN ITS WAKE.

Once the strong winds leave tonight, the Twin Cities metro is expected to remain chilly, with highs near 50 and lows between 28 and 34 through Sunday.

Click here for an updated forecast for Dakota County.

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