After a snow start to the week, Wednesday brought very windy conditions across the Northland on Wednesday. The National Weather Service tracked 12 hour peak winds across the area and only one place experienced stronger gusts than the Duluth International Airport.

The US National Weather Service Duluth Minnesota Facebook page shared the windy weather stats Wednesday night and they are quite impressive, although as chilly as it's getting I don't think strong winds are what most people want this time of year.

According to the National weather service, the strongest 12 hour peak wind gusts were 47 mph, which were found in La Pointe, Wisconsin.

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The Duluth International Airport was not far behind, experiencing 46 mph wind gusts, while the Duluth Harbor topped out at 40 mph. Here are the strongest gusts measured Wednesday across the Northland.

According to Chief Meteorologist Justin Liles, with our media partners at WDIO-TV, while the winds won't be as strong the rest of this week and into the weekend, they certainly aren't going away completely.

Here is Justin's extended forecast or the Twin Ports Area:

  • THURSDAY - Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming southeast 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
  • FRIDAY - A 50 percent chance of snow after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • SATURDAY - Patchy blowing snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 14. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
  • SUNDAY - Sunny, with a high near 25. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • MONDAY -  A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

It's also worth noting that by the middle of next week, overnight lows could dip below zero.

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