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Gusty wind will accompany rain

Expect rainy and cloudy weather along with some gusty wind.

Wind Advisory is valid until midnight, we expect wind to gust to 45 miles per hour at times.

A strengthening area of low pressure will produce very strong westerly winds into the evening. Wind gusts of 45+ mph are expected at times across parts of southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri and well as west central Illinois. Winds this strong could blow around unsecured outdoor objects, down tree limbs, and produce isolated power outages. People traveling on north-south roads will experience strong cross winds. High profile vehicles will be especially susceptible. We may see in excess of one inch of rain over most of the area with some places seeing near 2 inches of rain. Once the rain starts it looks like it will pretty much just set in and keep raining. The rain will come to an end Saturday night. There is a limited potential for strong thunderstorms to be imbedded in the rain. These types of thunderstorms can be very deceptively strong with high wind and torrential downpours.
Sunday will be an opportunity to dry out with sunshine and warmer temps. The rest of the extended outlook looks a bit on the cool side but close to seasonable norms. Again have your rain gear ready Saturday.

Brian Inman

Chief Meteorologist of the WGEM StormTrak Weather Team

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