May 6, 2014 7:37 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 9 AM to 10 PM today for much of Southeastern Colorado. A Red Flag Warning means weather conditions are favorable for fires to spread out of control quickly and any outdoor burning should be postponed. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 9 AM to 10 PM tomorrow for Southeastern Colorado. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions are expected to meet criteria for a Red Flag Warning.
An area of low pressure in the middle and upper atmosphere dropped southward along the Pacific Coast yesterday. This upper level low will approach Colorado from the west, bringing an increase in wind today and tomorrow. The wind will begin increasing around 9 AM and will spread from lower elevations up the Palmer Divide through noon. This same disturbance will bring rain to parts of our area late Wednesday and Thursday.
Temperatures are in the 40's and 50's this morning, but we will be warming quickly to near 70 by 10 AM, if not in the 70's. By noon, 70's start becoming 80's while 60's linger in the high elevations. The 2 PM to 5 PM time frame will be marked by more 70's & 80's with more of those 60's in the high elevations. Expect only slow cooling this evening. Around 10 PM, many areas will still be in the 60's. Expect high temperatures in the 80's around Colorado Springs and Pueblo with 70's for the high elevations and more 80's in the Southeastern Plains.
After today, tomorrow will be windy and a little less warm. Temperatures will continue easing back through Thursday when rain will fall, especially on the Palmer Divide and in Teller County. After Thursday's rain temperatures slowly recover, and by this weekend the sun is back and so are the 70's.