(Mankato, MN) – At least it won’t be snowing when this wind is blowing.

Much of southern Minnesota is under a wind advisory Monday evening starting at 5 p.m. into Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.  The National Weather Service says the local area can expect to see wind gusts from the west as high as 55 miles per hour, with rain forecast throughout Monday night.

Affected counties include Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Watonwan, Martin, and Faribault.

NWS says the winds could blow unsecured objects or possibly cause downed tree limbs or power outages.  High profile vehicles should take extra precautions while driving in such conditions, according to NWS.

Tuesday will see the winds accompanied by cooler temps, with a high of 47 degrees.  Winds will die down Tuesday evening, but don’t expect total weather rebound on Wednesday.  NWS predicts Mankato could see morning snow and rain, with sunshine appearing later in the day.

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