NWS Cautions High Winds Monday

The view looking north from the County 17 offices March 29. (Photo: Ryan Lewallen)

A high wind warning has been issued for Campbell County Monday, according to information provided by the regional office of the National Weather Service (NWS) based in Rapid City, SD. The temperature is currently 32 degrees with a high of 38 and low of 17.

The warning will remain in effect for at least seven hours, or until 6 p.m., per NWS. However, NWS meteorologist Keith Sherburn said Monday morning by phone that windy conditions may persist later into the evening.

“It (the winds) will probably continue a little past sunset,” Sherburn said, “… probably an hour or two past sunset—closer to 8 p.m..”

Wind speeds are forecasted to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria in the next 12 to 48 hours, per NWS. Typical values are sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or greater lasting for 1 hour or longer, or winds of 58 mph or greater for any duration.

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Residents can expect northwest winds from 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, according to NWS, and keep in mind that high winds may blow down large trees and damage roofs, small outbuildings and signs. Power outages are also possible, per NWS, and travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strong winds can also cause blowing dust, reduced visibility and flying debris, NWS warned. Persons outdoors should watch for flying or falling objects that may cause injury.

NWS cautions those in Campbell County to be prepared for sudden wind
gusts while driving, especially on open stretches, or approaching the crest of
hills. Also be alert for debris or dust blowing across the road.

“Whenever we have such strong winds, and in this case it’s behind a cold front, it’s an easy way to get things blown around,” Sherburn said. “So, it’s just a good time to secure any loose objects outside and if you’re traveling in a high-profile vehicle, you might want to wait or pull over for a bit until the wind subsides this evening.”