TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Residents of the Wabash Valley should expect the weather to have an impact on their day Friday as a low-pressure system brings high winds and the potential for severe weather to the area.
According to WTWO Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker, the big storm will arrive late Thursday night and into Friday. The low-pressure system could bring record lows to the area.
Friday afternoon Vigo County 911 sent out an alert regarding a High Wind Warning that will remain in effect through the evening until 1 a.m. Saturday. The alert reports northern winds of 30-40 mph can be expected with gusts hitting 60 mph.
“Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” the release said.
A 2-4 hour period of intense wind gusts is expected to hit the area from late afternoon into the evening.
Affected by the warning are Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Parke counties.
With low-pressure systems comes an enhanced risk for damaging winds, in fact, a Wind Advisory has already been declared lasting throughout the day Friday.
Walker adds that the biggest concern coming from the storms is looking like heavy rain and flooding. “But strong winds not associated with storms could cause wind damage and power outages,” Walker said.
Some severe storms are possible, but more likely for the southeast sections of the viewing area.
As Friday continues, Walker said there could be some snowflakes getting into the mix, but large snowfall amounts will likely remain north of our area. By the start of the weekend, the winds are expected to die down and make way for what should be a pleasant weekend of weather.