Warmer Temperatures but Risk of Fires in Eastern Plains

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Clear skies prevailed across the forecast area at 3 am, although low clouds were noted immediately east of the border in Kansas.

Interior smaller mountain valleys were quite cold with readings in the single digits, while larger valleys were in the tens and single digits. Mountain tops continued cold with negative values.

The plains were quite cold with many readings in the teens.

Today will be warmer than before, but the main concern will be the risk of marginal critical fire weather conditions developing in the far eastern plains due to increasing southerly flow and dry air. A Red Flag warning is in effect for the far eastern plains, including Baca and Prowers counties.

Minimum relative humidity values will reach 5 to 15 percent across all of the plains, but winds are not expected to reach critical fire weather criteria conditions along the I-25 corridor.

Max temperatures will range from the mid-40s in N El Paso county to near 60s along the lower Ark River valley. In the San Luis Valley (SLV), temperatures will reach well into the 40s. Expect mostly sunny conditions, although some high clouds may move across the region later today.

Temperatures will continue to be warmer tonight due to the ridge aloft building over the region, bringing in warmer air aloft. The warmest temperatures will be along the mountains/plains interface and over the plains along the CO/NM border region.

Temperatures in the mountains will also be noticeably warmer, mainly in the 10s. Some locally colder temperatures will be realized in the smaller valleys due to favorable radiational cooling and snow cover.

Expect warmer temperatures with mostly sunny conditions today, but there is a risk of marginal critical fire weather conditions in the far eastern plains. The temperature will remain warm tonight due to the ridge aloft building over the region.

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