SIDNEY, NE — The winds in the Nebraska Panhandle are picking up Monday afternoon and the National Weather Service is taking notice.
The NWS has issued a High Wind Warning until midnight for Cheyenne, Kimball, Morrill, Deuel, Garden, Scotts Bluff and Banner counties.
Officials say winds will blow out of the Northwest at 25-40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Winds in the Southeast Wyoming could gust to 70 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service says traffic traveling on I-80 in the Panhandle and Southeast Wyoming, especially light and high profile vehicles, should be cautious Monday evening.
The high winds accompany a Red Flag Warning, indicating critical fire conditions in the area Monday.
The heavy winds will bring colder temperatures as well for Tuesday. Highs in the southern Panhandle are set for the lower 40s, despite reaching the 70s on Monday. The area is expected to get back into the 70s by the weekend.