Overview: We're tracking periods of wind and intermittent fire weather conditions.
Today: Partly cloudy & breezy to windy at times with conditions again becoming favorable for the spread of wildfires along and west of the I-25 corridor where Red Flag Warnings will be in effect from 11 AM to 8 PM. We expect a breezy afternoon over the plains as well, but conditions should not be as conducive to the spread of wildfires over these areas. Wind gusts over the mountains could exceed 30 mph at times, while the plains will likely have wind speeds between 10 and 20 mph for much of the day. Warm with high temperatures in the 80s for the plains, mainly 60s and 70s over the mountains.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with gradually decreasing wind this evening and low temperatures in the 40s and 50s for most areas, although the high mountain valleys will likely cool into the 30s. A cold front will kick up the wind again over some areas late tonight.
Sunday: A shallow layer of slightly cooler and moister air should limit fire weather concerns over the plains on Sunday, although we still expect enough wind to be annoying. After a mostly sunny start, we expect increasing clouds during the afternoon with high temperatures reaching the 70s and 80s again for most areas. A few sprinkles could fall over and near the mountains late in the afternoon, but we aren't expecting any significant precipitation.
Extended: We're hopeful that the shallow layer of cool air will stick around enough on Monday to limit the fire weather conditions for at least some areas, and it's possible a few afternoon sprinkles or light showers will develop, but again, we're not expecting a lot of precipitation anywhere. Tuesday will likely be warmer and drier, especially early in the day, and more areas may have fire weather concerns again. As the next cold front arrives late Tuesday into Wednesday we could have some spotty showers and/or thunderstorms over parts of the area, and hopefully another reprieve from the fire weather. We’ll be very warm and dry with increasing wind and fire weather conditions likely Thursday and Friday, but there are indications that much colder air will arrive by next weekend bringing much better chances for rain and snow to the state.