Winds to persist at Winter Olympics after ‘wind tunnel’ effect created tough conditions Sunday, Monday
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 12, 2018, 11:10:00 AM EST
Windy conditions caused postponements and less than ideal conditions for several outdoor events at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Sunday and Monday.
Unfortunately gusty winds will remain in the forecast until at least Wednesday, threatening to hinder scheduled events at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre and the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
“A few milder days are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, though the wind will remain gusty,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.
The strongest winds are expected on Wednesday and could bring additional delays and postponements to outdoor events.
“Ski jumping on the large hill may have to be postponed. Other alpine events could see significant impacts,” said Douty.
Despite the challenging conditions caused by gusty winds on Sunday, Redmond Gerard became the youngest male athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics since 1928 when he claimed gold in snowboard slopestyle.
Other competitors were not so lucky as ski officials postponed the men’s downhill competition due to high winds which made the high-speed slope too dangerous for competition on Sunday.
Continued strong winds that are forecast through Wednesday have pushed the event back to Thursday. This postponement has shifted the men’s super-G event from Thursday to Friday.
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The women’s giant slalom was postponed Monday because of strong winds and will now take place Thursday.
The women’s slopestyle snowboarding qualifying event was forced to be canceled due to the gusty winds, advancing all 27 participants to the finals which took place in brutal conditions on Monday.
This photo just about says it all. Gutted. Not the way I pictured riding in my finals debut. The wind got me good #pyeongchanggust WINDY AS. Sent her as hard as I could, but she, the wind took me! Like riding into a wind tunnel. pic.twitter.com/yrSIVhOx3C
— Aimee Fuller (@aimee_fuller) February 12, 2018
“High pressure building across the region will bring a lighter wind on Thursday. Winds may pick up once again on Friday and Saturday,” said Douty.
While wind continues to play havoc on several events, largely dry weather is forecast for much of this week.
“Other than a few snow showers Tuesday night into Wednesday, dry weather is expected,” said Douty.
The threat for gusty winds and snow may return to the area early next week.
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