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Damaging, travel-disrupting winds to roar across central and northeastern US

Strong, gusty winds will roar eastward from the northern and central Plains to the Midwest and northern Appalachians during the middle days of the week.

The winds will mark the return of colder air, which will bring opportunities for some snow into the middle of March.

Winds will be strong enough to break tree limbs, spark sporadic power outages and trigger travel delays. The strongest gusts may be able to tear shingles from roofs and cause other minor property damage.

Static Tuesday wind

Airline passengers with flights or connections at the major hubs. As the strong gusts progress eastward, wind-related delays are likely from Denver to Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York City and Philadelphia.

Gusty crosswinds can be strong enough to topple high-profile vehicles over the Plains and Upper Midwest.

The combination of strong winds, dry air and dormant vegetation will raise the risk of brush fires over the Plains.

Gusts frequenting 40 to 60 mph will roar from Colorado, Kansas and Missouri to North Dakota, Minnesota and western and northern Michigan through Tuesday night. Winds can be locally higher, especially along the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

Wednesday, the core of the high winds will extend from Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois to New York, New Jersey and northern Maryland. Most gusts this day will range between 40 and 50 mph.

Static Wed Wind

"The strong winds will kick up large waves on the Great Lakes, which are mostly ice-free," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker. "Flooding can occur along the southern and eastern shoreline areas."

As the cold winds blast across the Great Lakes, enough moisture can be gathered to produce locally heavy snow showers.

"Motorists on area highways should be on the lookout for blinding, gusty snow showers across northeastern Ohio, New York state, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey during Wednesday," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

By Wednesday night and Thursday, troublesome gusty winds will extend to parts of New England.

Since the storm system responsible for the winds will lift northward and weaken across Canada, gusts over the Appalachians and Northeast will not be as intense as those which occurred last week.