Critical fire weather conditions through Wednesday evening

Red Flag Warnings
Posted at 7:16 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 21:16:47-04

Tonight's Forecast:
Warm downslope winds will keep overnight lows quite mild across Southern Colorado tonight. The wind should taper off in most areas through the overnight hours, except in the mountains where it will remain windy and dry with elevated fire danger.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 47; High: 85. Warm, dry and windy on Wednesday, with the potential for a record setting high at the Colorado Springs Airport. Besides the heat, the big weather story will be the potential for critical fire weather conditions, with a Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 am to 8 pm for El Paso County.

PUEBLO: Low: 41; High: 90. Hot, dry and windy on Wednesday. With the forecast calling for critical fire weather conditions, all of Pueblo County will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 am to 8 pm.

CANON CITY: Low: 49; High: 88. Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week. Highs will soar into the upper 80s, with increasing wind and low relative humidity throughout the day. A Red Flag Warning will go into effect at 10 am and continue until 8 pm.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 41; High: 76. Teller County will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 am to 8 pm. The forecast on Wednesday will be very windy, dry and unseasonably warm

TRI-LAKES: Low: 40s; High: 70s/80s. The combination of a warm, dry and windy forecast will result in critical fire weather conditions on Wednesday, with a Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 am to 8 pm.

PLAINS: Low: 40s; High: 80s/90s. Warm and windy throughout the day on Wednesday. Highs will be unseasonably hot for this time of the year and fire danger levels will remain at a premium with Red Flag Warnings in effect most of the day.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 40s/50s; High: 80s. Unseasonably warm, windy and dry on Wednesday. Red Flag Warnings will go into at 10 am, and continue through the evening hours.

Extended Outlook:
Behind Wednesday's cold front will be a big case of weather whiplash for Southern Colorado as highs on Thursday drop by 20 to 30 degrees. Our first widespread hard freeze of the season will follow Friday morning, with 10s and 20s for lows. We'll see a nice rebound in temperatures Friday and Saturday before another cold front moves in Saturday afternoon. With strong winds and very little moisture expected, fire danger will ramp up once again by the weekend.

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