High fire danger ahead this weekend

Westcliffe Aspens
Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 21:29:44-04

Tonight’s Forecast: Scattered storms will continue through late this evening for the mountains and the Palmer Divide. Only a slight chance exists for anything to form south of the Palmer Divide on the east side of the mountains. As the instability winds down later tonight, we'll see cloud cover fill in across the plains with areas of fog and mist by Saturday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low - 48; High - 71. A cool morning for the Springs. Low clouds, fog and areas of drizzle will give way to a mostly sunny afternoon. Highs on Saturday will be cooler than Friday, topping out near 70 degrees.

PUEBLO: Low - 52; High - 79. Morning clouds and patchy drizzle will clear to a bright and beautiful afternoon. Daytime highs should stop just short of 80 degrees, which although cooler, is still above average.

CANON CITY: Low - 51; High - 78. Mostly cloudy skies early will clear to sunshine for the afternoon hours. Daytime highs will be nice and pleasant, with upper 70s expected in town.

WOODLAND PARK: Low - 39; High - 67. Grab a jacket for the morning hours as we'll start out in the upper 30s. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 60s for the afternoon. Increasing southerly winds will mark the start of a windy pattern in our forecast.

TRI-LAKES: Low - 40s; High - 60s. The rain is gone by Saturday morning. However, lingering moisture could provide enough lift for some drizzle for the first part of the day. Sunshine and gusty winds will prevail for the afternoon.

PLAINS: Low - 40s/50s; High - 70s/80s. Areas of fog, drizzle and low clouds will slowly clear to sunshine on Saturday across the Plains. Daytime highs will warm into the 70s and 80s, with increasing south winds late in the day.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low - 40s; High - 70s/80s. Low clouds and patchy fog/drizzle in the morning will turn to mostly sunny skies for the afternoon. The wind begins to pick up late Saturday, and stays strong through early next week.

Extended Outlook: High fire danger is expected on Sunday and Monday. With strong southwesterly winds and low relative humidity in the forecast, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Southern Colorado beginning Sunday afternoon. Above average temperatures also return on Sunday and Monday, with highs along the Front Range warming into the 80s to low 90s. A sizable cool down follows next Tuesday to Thursday, with a few isolated storms for the middle of next week.