Windpocalypse seriously blows

Green = rain. Blue = snow.
Green = rain. Blue = snow.

Hold on to your hats, because windpocalypse is forecast to keep hammering the Twin Cities until dinner time on Wednesday.

The winds gusted as high as 63 mph at times in the past 24 hours.

Excel Energy reported 28,000 Twin Cities customers without power. And 700 sleeping mats were rolled out last night at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport to accommodate passengers with canceled or delayed flights. Out in the neighborhoods, tree branches are down, Fences are battered. Political yard signs have blown away (no big loss there).

We count ourselves lucky so far. A small tornado touched down in a Chicago suburb. Parts of Indiana looks like as though a hurricane tore through. A building collapsed in St. Louis. And North Dakota is putting up with its first big blizzard of the season.

On Wednesday, the winds are expected to hold steady at about 30-40 mph. And snow is on the way:

Today: windy, cloudy. Snow and rain likely in the morning, then rain showers and snow showers likely in the afternoon. Accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs 40 to 45. West winds 30 to 35 mph with gusts to around 55 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Tonight: windy. Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 25 to 30. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

Thursday: breezy. Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs around 40. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.

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