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Disruptive winds to whip midwestern US on Wednesday

In the wake of severe thunderstorms, some of which produced tornadoes, on Tuesday, strong winds and snow will create travel woes across portions of the midwestern United States through Wednesday.

The storm system that spawned Tuesday's severe weather will stall over the upper Great Lakes on Wednesday, producing showers from southern Minnesota to Michigan. Enough cold air will be in place for heavy wet snow from northern Minnesota to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As the storm strengthens, winds will pick up through Wednesday and can cause localized damage.

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Strong winds to create travel woes from Minnesota to Michigan

Locally damaging winds that will blast across portions of the Midwest on Wednesday are associated with the same storm system which produced hail and tornadoes across portions of Illinois during Tuesday and Tuesday night.

"Winds will gust past 50 mph across much of the Midwest on Wednesday, which could be enough to bring down some tree limbs and power lines," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

The gusty winds could lead to travel headaches on the road and in the air and also any cleanup efforts from Tuesday's tornadoes. Sporadic power outages are possible.

Cities within the risk area include Rochester, Minnesota; Mason City and Davenport, Iowa; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago and Rockford, Illinois; South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan.

Winds in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, could gust over 40 mph.

Those traveling along interstates 35, 39, 55, 57, 69, 80, 90 and 94 will want to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel as these winds could easily cause your car to lose control.

"Winds could be more dangerous for any high-profile vehicles or semis hauling empty trailers," Thompson said.

Heavy, wet snow to blanket Upper Midwest

As colder air funnels across the Upper Midwest, temperatures will be low enough for a heavy wet snow to impact the northern tier into Thursday.

"A very slow-moving storm will produce significant snow across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin through Wednesday night with over 6 inches of snow in some areas," Thompson said.

The heaviest snow will fall from northeastern Minnesota to the western portions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Enough snow will fall to shovel and plow.

"The weight of the snow could knock down trees and power lines and lead to power outages," Thompson said.

Winds gusting to 30 mph could lead to reduced visibility for motorists at times. Wet roads could quickly become icy or snowcovered.

Any snow that falls will likely stick around until the first day of spring as chilly air will hold across the region into next week. Highs through Sunday will struggle to reach 40 F.

The recent warmth will make it difficult for snow to accumulate on the roadways in Minneapolis. Any snow that falls and sticks is likely to occur on non-paved surfaces.

On St. Patrick's Day, the chance for rain or snow showers will continue across the Midwest, though winds will begin to subside. Winds could still gust to 40 mph in some locations through the afternoon.