BLOOMINGTON — A wind advisory will be in effect from until 7 p.m. Thursday for McLean, Logan and DeWitt counties in Central Illinois.
Southerly winds from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln. Strong winds can knock down tree limbs and power lines, causing scattered power outages.
Travel could also can be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles on east-west roads and the high wind can also lift and move trash cans, lawn furniture and other loose outdoor objects.
The system is part of the region's bomb cyclone that results from a rapid pressure drop.
Showers and thunderstorms also are in the forecast for Thursday, according to the NWS. It will be cloudy with a high near 76 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms will arrive Thursday night, with up to one-half inch of rain expected.
It will turn cooler on Friday, with a high near 53 degrees. The wind is expected to gust as high as 26 mph.
Saturday should be sunny with a high near 55 degrees, but more showers — and colder temperatures — are expected on Sunday, with a high near 45 degrees.