High wind warnings in store for Kansas Saturday

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It's been an active week across KAKEland, perfectly themed for Thanksgiving because we had a little bit of everything.  From blizzards and freezing fog to heavy rain and even some thunder.  But the smorgasbord of weather will continue into the weekend as very high winds will take center stage here in KAKEland.

The strongest winds will be felt Saturday into Sunday, particularly across northwest Kansas where a high wind warning will go into effect Saturday morning.  Northwest winds will climb into the 30-50 mph range with gusts topping 75 mph at times.  This will be extremely hazardous to drivers, especially those in high profile vehicles.  Tree and power line damage is also possible with winds of those speeds.  Blowing dust is also a threat, leading to near zero visibility.  In addition, areas that may still have snow on the ground could experience ground-blizzard conditions.  Fortunately, most of the snow should be melted or washed away ahead of those winds, but some areas could see issues if some snow lingers.

Damaging wind gusts are possible across north central and southwest Kansas.  A high wind watch is in effect for Saturday as winds could gust over 60 mph in those areas.  Here in Wichita, high winds will be a concern as well as wind gusts in and around the city could top 50 mph during the afternoon on Saturday.

Winds will start to weaken a little bit on Sunday, but gusts could still approach 50 mph early.  Breezy conditions are likely to persist into early next week.  But there is some good news for folks in KAKEland as the sun will finally make a return this weekend, and stay strong into the middle of next week.

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