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Wind Advisory until 7 PM

Wind Advisory until  7 PM

A wind advisory is in effect for the ABC 6 Viewing Area through 7 PM. I have already seen a few spots gusting over 40 MPH this morning including Rochester International Airport, Preston, and Charles City. The wind gusts will only go higher as we go through the afternoon.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Sustained winds: NW 20-25 mph
  • Gusts: 40-45 mph (isolated 50 mph)
  • Strongest winds expected between noon and 4 PM
  • Small tree limbs, branches, and loose outdoor items blowing around
  • Winds taper off after 7 PM

Another round of showers will be possible through early evening as another piece of energy dives south. 

The winds lighten up tonight, but there's still a breeze around with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s.   

Tomorrow has plenty of sunshine, not as harsh of a wind. Highs climb to near 60.

Northbridge Mall Offers Military Family Discounts Thursday

Northbridge Mall Offers Military Family Discounts Thursday

The Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea is offering military families discounts on Thursday.  Discounts will apply to Veterans and Active Duty Personnel and their families.

The Yellow Ribbon City Community Support Day is all day September 29th.  Starting at 10am, they'll hand out yellow wrist bands after you show a military ID. 

The wrist band will get military family members discounts at participating stores at the mall. 

There will also be informational booths, kids activities and door prizes throughout the day.






Tuttle Enters West Virginia Prison

Tuttle Enters West Virginia Prison

(ABC 6 News) - Former Freeborn County Commissioner Linda Tuttle is serving her first full day of her 3 1/2 year prison sentence.

Her lawyer says Tuttle checked into Alderson Prison in West Virginia Wednesday. That's the same facility Martha Stewart was sent to in 2004.
Tuttle must also pay more than $1 million in restitution to her former clients at Albert Lea Abstract Company.

"Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Presented

"Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Presented

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Alliant Energy company presented five Minnesota businesses with "Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Wednesday in Albert Lea.

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) honored Sauer Valley View Farms, LLC; Ostrander Farmers Cooperative; Technical Die-Casting, Inc.; and Lou-Rich, Inc. (an Innovance Company.)

The awards are for their leadership and vision in integrating energy efficiency into the design, construction or operation of their businesses.

"Businesses are looking for ways to save money, energy cost is one line item that businesses have the power to control," said Tom Aller, President - IPL.

Each of the organizations are saving more than 310,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.  They're also saving a large amount of natural gas and liquid propane.

Strong Winds Thursday

Strong Winds Thursday

Today's summer-like warmth will be punched out tomorrow by a powerful cold front. This cold front will deliver gusty winds to the entire viewing area late Thursday morning through the overnight hours. I am forecasting wind gusts between 40-45 mph during the afternoon and evening hours tomorrow. The front will not have any showers with it in our area, so we're looking at a dry 7-day forecast.

Today's forecast is simply beautiful. We're looking at a partly to mostly sunny sky through the rest of the day. Temperatures will surge into the lower to middle 70s this afternoon. The day definitely has more of a summer flavor than fall one.

Sun's Back Wednesday!

Sun's Back Wednesday!

Even though any of the rain falling out there has been much lighter today, skies are pretty dismal. That's about to change in a big way. We're headed into some beautiful weather tomorrow as the sun reappears and warms temperatures back into the 70s. The air will have a much warmer feel than it has the last few days.

It really is a winning pattern if you like sunshine straight through early next week. Once we dispose of the clouds late tonight, nothing in terms of extensive cloud cover is coming back to town through early next week. We're in for a bit of a ride temperature-wise with 70s tomorrow, 60s Thursday through Saturday, and then back to some warmer 70s Sunday into Monday.

I am concerned about the wind on Thursday. Gusts could reach over 40 mph during the evening. Another windy period is Monday into Tuesday. That's about the most extreme our weather will get around here for the next 7 days.

Albert Lea Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Albert Lea Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that  a 50 year old man from Albert Lea was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon.  It happened shortly after 5pm.

The driver, Robert Hillmer, was riding on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Highway 13 in Freeborn County.  The report says Hillmer was driving southbound when he lost control and landed in the west ditch.

He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries.