Weather - Forecast

Mar 26, 2014 7:42 AM by Stephen Bowers

Wednesday Weather: Higher Fire Danger

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of Southeastern Colorado beginning at 11 AM today and continuing until 8 PM this evening. It includes El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, Otero, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Baca, Prowers, and Kiowa counties. A Red Flag Warning means weather conditions are favorable for fires to start and spread quickly. Any outdoor burning should be delayed until weather conditions are less dangerous for fires.

Temperatures will warm into the 60's and 70's today ahead of an approaching cold. Lower humidity with that warmth combined with winds of 40-50 mph with gusts to over 60 mph will increase the fire risk. It will also increase the risk for blowing dust, which can lower visibility significantly to make driving uneasy and even dangerous. Remember to turn on your low beams and slow down if visibility is lowered. We start with sunshine, but clouds will increase through today. A few sporadic showers are possible, especially in El Paso and Teller Counties. More widespread rain will be limited to the mountains. Snow will fall only in the highest elevations.

 

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