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Storm system brings significant wind to South Plains

A High Wind Warning, Wind Advisory, Blowing Dust Advisory and Fire Weather Warning are all in effect for portions of the KCBD viewing for Sunday afternoon and evening.

A large storm system that, in part, will bring severe weather to the mid-south this week, has increased wind speeds to hazardous levels Sunday afternoon and evening. The wind and dust that has developed across the KCBD viewing area could rank as the most significant and widespread blowing dust event since mid-December 2012.

While not associated with thunderstorms, sustained winds will average 30 to 40 mph, with occasional gusts likely to exceed 55 mph through early evening. Winds of this magnitude, combined with dry soil conditions, will create hazardous conditions across the South Plains. Blowing dust will continue to be widespread, especially on the Caprock. Visibility may be reduced to only one mile across a large portion of the region, and isolated areas could see visibility dip to zero.

While long-distance travel is highly discouraged today, prepare for severe cross winds on north to south oriented roadways and sudden changes in visibility if you most drive.

Other than widespread dust, wildfire conditions are also a concern for forecasters and first-responders. Following a lack of beneficial rainfall, much of the vegetation across the South Plains is very flammable, and when combined with strong winds, fire will spread rapidly. Whether a burn ban is in effect for your county or not, outdoor burning is strongly discouraged for the entire region through Monday.

Winds will slowly diminish overnight Sunday before briefly increasing Monday afternoon.

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