Spring-Like Temperatures, Extreme Fire Risk Returns

Monday, March 10th 2014, 8:36 pm
By: News 9

Spring-like temperatures have returned, and so has the extreme fire risk.

Lows tonight will drop into the 40s and 50s with mostly clear skies. Winds will hold steady out of the southwest overnight at 10 to 20 mph.

Highs on Tuesday will again climb into the upper 70s and low 80s, but a cold front will push through the state. Ahead of the cold front, winds will be out of the south at 15 to 25 mph. Once the front moves through your location, winds will ramp up out of the north 20 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 at times. This will create a very extreme risk for wildfires.

Even though we had some light precipitation on Sunday, vegetation has dried out significantly and will provide plenty of fuel for fires. Any fire that gets started will quickly spread with such strong winds. Strong north winds will continue into the evening and overnight hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Winds will finally relax Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures will be much cooler on Wednesday with highs only in the mid 50s.

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