Charge up your devices, tie down the garbage can and have a good grip on the steering wheel.
Damaging winds will be possible from 2 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday night and a high wind warning is in effect.
A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.
On the heels of a record breaking day on the mainland Wednesday, Thursday will feature still summery, but not record breaking temperatures. Two rounds of showers will pass between Thursday and Friday before a dry weekend ahead.
The strongest gusts will likely be Friday night, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
On land, west-northwesterly sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph will be likely. Wind gusts will be 45 to 55 mph. However, a top gust of 55 mph on land will not be ruled out. On the water, gusts may reach 60 mph.
Typically, gusts above 45 mph start to cause power outages, down tree limbs and even topple over high profile vehicles.
The winds occur as a summer air busting cold front pushes through the region Friday morning. In the Northern Plains, a high pressure system will fill in. The lower pressures of the cold front and the higher pressures of the clockwise spinning high pressure system will squeeze very strong currents of air into the region. The partial sunshine will help to mix down stronger winds from aloft during the day, as well.
Winds will remain stiff into Saturday. However, with sustained winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts to 35 mph, wind damage will be unlikely.