Gusty winds signal big changes in the weather pattern

Nearly 1000 people were without power Saturday night as very strong winds blew through Michiana knocking down limbs and power lines. 

The strong winds signaled a major shift in the pattern.  Instead of southwest winds bringing warm temperatures to the area, we are now seeing a northwest wind ushering in cold air and lake effect snow.

It will still be breezy Sunday, but not nearly as bad as what we saw late Saturday night.

Here is a look at some of the maximum winds between 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  (From the National Weather Service recorded in miles per hour):

        Location                         Sustained        Gust

Benton Harbor     37      59
South Bend     31      53
Three Rivers    36      51
Goshen     36      51
La Porte     33      46
Sturgis    29      46
Knox    31      45
Rochester     26      44
Warsaw     31      43
Michigan City     26      41



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