The High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory has been allowed to expire after peak wind gusts reached 60 mph in some locations Wednesday afternoon. Here in Rockford, the peak wind gust reached 59 mph, 58 mph in Cortland (DeKalb County) and 55 mph in Rochelle. Not quite as strong to the north and west, but windy enough.
Sporadic power outages and issues on the roads were experienced throughout much of the afternoon Wednesday. As low pressure pulls further away from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, wind speeds will gradually begin to subside. Much lighter winds are expected Thanksgiving Day, but a new system moving in for the weekend will bring with the threat for gusty winds, rain and even some snow.