WILLMAR -- West central Minnesota is in both a wind advisory and a red flag warning today, according to the National Weather Service.
The wind advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. as strong southerly winds will pick up to 30 to 35 mph. Gusts are expected to exceed 50 mph in the area.
Citizen should be aware that loose objects could be blown around, tree branches could come down in the wind and that high-profile vehicles could be impacted. Please use extra caution.
The red flag warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. this evening. Temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees, with humidity levels between 35 and 40 percent. Combined with the high winds, fires could become dangerous and fast moving in a short period of time due to the dry condition of grasses, brush and crops.
The NWS forecasters are finally calling for showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8 p.m., for the Willmar area tonight. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with rainfall expected between a quarter and a half of an inch.
The showers could extend into Saturday, with a 50 percent chase of precipitation and a high temperature of 66 degrees. Lows are expected around 51 degrees Saturday night.