The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the western Adirondacks, Lake George-Saratoga region and Mohawk Valley from 6 a.m. to midnight Wednesday.
A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring, with sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more that can lead to property damage.
A strengthening storm system is expected to track east from the upper Great Lakes region this afternoon and move north of the St. Lawrence River valley Wednesday, dragging a strong cold front through the region Wednesday morning. Ahead of the cold front, southerly winds will increase late tonight to 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph.
In the wake of the cold front, strong southwest to west winds will develop across the region, with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts of 55 to 65 mph. The strong gusty winds will continue through Wednesday evening and then diminish to 15 to 25 mph after midnight.