Wind gusts on Sunday topped 50 mph in some west central Minnesota communities


— Wind gusts exceeded 50 miles an hour in some portions of west central Minnesota on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.

Appleton, Clara City, Murdock and Redwood Falls were among communities in the region recording wind speeds greater than 50 miles an hour, with Redwood Falls topping the list with a 52 mph reading at 1:32 p.m. Sunday. Clara City recorded a 51 mph gust at 2:40 p.m. Sunday.

The recordings are unofficial and made by different equipment at airports and Minnesota Department of Transportation highway weather monitors.

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the region on Sunday due to the high winds that arrived at noon and continued until 6 p.m.

Communities throughout the region recorded gusts in the 40-mph-plus range. Olivia recorded a 49-mph gust and Willmar a 46-mph gust.

Rains are expected in the region Tuesday through Thursday. Winter will come screaming in on the backside of the weather system Friday with colder temperatures, gusty winds and snow chances on Friday.