High winds likely on Monday; Expect power outages, downed trees

Happy Easter. I hope you and your family are well and able to enjoy this special day. However, I do have some weather information to pass along for tomorrow.

A very potent storm system will move into the Great Lakes region on Monday and it will bring some strong winds to east-central Ohio. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for all of Ohio in anticipation of tomorrow’s wind. Wind gusts can be as high as 60 mph at times – especially Monday afternoon and Monday evening.

Showers will arrive locally tonight ahead of the wind. Breezy conditions will begin early Monday morning as south winds gradually increase to the mid-teens by sunrise. Wind gusts will continue to increase through the rest of the morning hours.

Showers will taper off through the morning then become scattered in the afternoon. A thunderstorm is also possible.

The main threat Monday afternoon and evening will be the very strong wind gusts. Computer modeling has been very consistent in 50 to 60 mph gusts over a large swath of eastern Ohio.

Estimated surface wind gust speeds at 2:00 PM EDT from the Hi-Res 3km NAM (North American Model)

Strong wind gusts will decrease after sunset but remain quite strong until after midnight.


  • Power Outages
  • Downed Trees and Branches
  • Flying Debris

Today would be a good time to secure outdoor lawn furniture and trash cans – or objects that might blow away and into your house or windows and cause additional damage. Make sure you charge your devices. Have an alternative way to keep them charges should you loos power.

Temperatures on Monday will be warmest in the morning – low 60s locally, then fall to the low-50s in the afternoon.



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