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.SUSTAINED SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH...ARE EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA ON WEDNESDAY. A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR MOST OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ON EAST WEST ORIENTED ROADWAYS...INCLUDING INTERSTATE 90.* TIMING...9 AM TO 5 PM CDT WEDNESDAY. * WINDS...SOUTH WINDS 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUST TO 45 MPH. * IMPACTS...DRIVING MAY BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE AND LIGHT WEIGHT VEHICLES. UNSECURED OUTDOOR ITEMS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND.

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Red Flag Warning

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...RED FLAG WARNING FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA TODAY... .STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS FROM 25 TO 35 MPH WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING ACROSS THE WARNING AREA AND PERSIST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WHILE THIS IS OCCURRING...HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL DROP TO AROUND 25 PERCENT. THE STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES WILL COMBINE TO CREATE THE THREAT FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE RED FLAG WARNING IS FOR AREAS EAST AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM FAIRMONT TO NEW PRAGUE TO RED WING. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THURSDAY FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST MINNESOTA. STRONG WEST WINDS FROM 25 TO 35 MPH WILL DEVELOP DURING THE MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION...HUMIDITIES WILL DROP INTO THE 15 TO 20 PERCENT RANGE BY AFTERNOON SETTING UP ANOTHER DAY WITH CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE WATCH IS NOT CURRENTLY IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA DUE TO EXPECTED THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT THIS EVENING WHICH WILL LEAVE WETTER FUELS.* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 076...077...078...083... 084...085...091...092 AND 093. * WIND...SUSTAINED SOUTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH. * HUMIDITY...FALLING TO AROUND 25 PERCENT BY EARLY AFTERNOON. * THUNDERSTORMS...A FEW STORMS ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH. * IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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