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Gusty and warm weather leads to fire danger Thursday

red flag warning 4.12.23
Posted at 6:42 AM, Apr 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-13 09:12:39-04

Today’s Forecast:
A RED FLAG WARNING goes into effect today for the entire eastern side of Colorado. In southern Colorado, this will be in place from 11 am to 9 pm. Dry and gusty conditions will lead to rapid wildfire growth for any new or existing fires.

Colorado Springs forecast: High: 79; Low: 41. Partly cloudy with SSW wind at 20 mph gusting to 40 mph.

Pueblo forecast: High: 83; Low: 44. Partly cloudy on Thursday with SW wind at 20 mph gusting to 40 mph.

Canon City forecast: High: 80; Low: 41. Partly cloudy with WSW wind at 15-20 mph gusting to 40 mph.

Woodland Park forecast: High: 65; Low: 32. Partly cloudy with SSW wind at 25 mph gusting to 45 mph.

Tri-Lakes forecast: High: 71; Low: 36. Partly cloudy with SSW wind at 20 mph gusting to 45 mph.

Plains forecast: High: 80s; Low: 40s. Partly cloudy on Thursday with SSW wind at 20 mph gusting to 40 mph.

Walsenburg and Trinidad forecast: High: 76/76; Low: 40/41. Partly cloudy with WSW wind at 20025 mph gusting to 45 mph.

Mountains forecast: High: 60s; Low: 30s. Partly cloudy with WSW wind at 20-30 mph gusting to 40-50 mph.

Extended outlook forecast:
A cold front will arrive on Friday morning which will cool down our temperatures initially and then bring rain and snow showers later in the day. It looks like at this point that the rain/snow line on Friday evening will fall to about 7,000 feet so the foothills and Monument Hill will see a couple of inches of heavy wet snow into Saturday morning. Highs will drop into the 40s and 50s for Friday and Saturday, then warm back up into next week.
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