The National Weather Service (NWS) in Des Moines has issued a High Wind Warning which will be in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until 3 a.m. Thursday for several counties west and south of Charles City and Floyd County.
The NWS alert indicates that winds on Wednesday will average 25 to 35 miles per hour out of the south to southwest, with gusts of 55 to 65 mph possible. Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, which could result in widespread outages. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. The NWS also advises fastening loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.
The warning area includes Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, and Worth counties in north Iowa. The NWS in LaCrosse has issued a High Wind Watch for Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek counties effective from Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening.
Wednesday’s winds will also bring plenty of warm air to the area making new record high temperatures possible. The record high for December 15th in Charles City was 53 degrees set back in 1939. Also establishing a record high for the same date in 1939 was Osage with 54 degrees. New Hampton’s record high for December 15th was 50 in 2012, with Decorah 52 and Mason City 54, both in 1998.