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First Alert Weather Day expires before noon Thursday as wind gusts become less intense

Intense wind gust continues Thursday morning. Additional power outages are possible.
Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 6:41 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 at 8:15 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Severe storm threats may have ended late Wednesday night, but intense howling winds continue outside of the storm system Thursday morning. Widespread power outages have been reported across the area. The High Wind Warning continues to be in effect for most of the region until 9 AM. This wind warning will likely be downgraded to a wind advisory for the remainder of the day.

Intense wind gusts continues for the morning hours but become less intense by noon.
Intense wind gusts continues for the morning hours but become less intense by noon.(WSAW)
Areas Thursday morning saw winds gusting over 60 mph. This was non-thunderstorm related.
Areas Thursday morning saw winds gusting over 60 mph. This was non-thunderstorm related.(WSAW)

Wind threats are still in play for most of Thursday morning. We have continued our First Alert Weather Day until Noon Thursday. Intense gusts over 50 mph are possible at times, and will likely lead to damages and cause widespread power outages. Winds won’t completely die down until early Friday morning. Gust won’t be as intense midday Thursday but will remain strong at 20-30 mph, with gusts over 40 mph at times. Don’t plan on replacing any holiday decor outdoors until Friday.

Winds gusting up to 30 mph is possible this evening.
Winds gusting up to 30 mph is possible this evening.(WSAW)

Temperatures go from record-highs Wednesday to falling back into the 20s midday Thursday. Highs Thursday have already been meant for the day. Temperatures will be on the decline from here on out, turning chilly. Behind the low-pressure system hanging over Wisconsin is some light scattered snow showers. The best chance for some flakes on Thursday morning is in the Northwoods.

Highs have already been reached for today. Temps will be on the decline into the afternoon.
Highs have already been reached for today. Temps will be on the decline into the afternoon.(WSAW)

Highs remain in the 20s over the weekend with a chance for snow showers in North-Central Wisconsin Saturday morning. Other than that, a break from active weather is ahead in the forecast.

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