Chicago could be hit with wind gusts up to 50 mph Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
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A wind advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. until midnight for all of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Winds from the south were expected to be around 30 mph while gusts could be much faster.
The strongest winds were expected after 1 p.m., forecasters said. Drivers were advised to use caution and look for downed trees and power lines.
*Secure any lightweight/loose objects outdoors today, including tent structures.* Strong winds from south (strongest 1pm thru eve.) will gust to 45-50 mph. Use caution when driving, especially high profile vehicles on west-east roads. Tree damage & power outages psbl. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/nPIVhFQGvh— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the area will continue its warm streak with the temperature peaking near 68 degrees, forecasters said.
Thursday’s temperatures could reach into the 60s, and there was also a chance of rain Thursday morning. The rain should subside by the afternoon, with more wind around 30 mph.
Today will again push 70° but be very windy this P.M. Dry weather a good part of today & this eve, then showers & some storms peak in coverage Thu A.M, especially along/south of I-80, where locally heavy rain & a couple strong storms are possible. Quieter Fri & Sat. #ILwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/efgmMpxR3X— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 10, 2021