Marty’s Saturday Morning Forecast – Windy and Hot/Fire – 04/09/2022

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Insight: We follow the wind and fire weather…

Today: Partly cloudy, becoming windy and warm with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s for the plains, mostly 60s to near 70s over the mountains and mountain valleys. A strong westerly wind will develop first over and near the mountains where gusts between 25 and 35 mph are expected to become common, and although gusts may be lighter and a little later to pass over the plains from the far east, we are still expecting a windy afternoon. The combination of strong winds and dry, warm air will bring favorable conditions for wildfires to spread, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for much of eastern Colorado in from late morning until evening. .

This evening: Partly cloudy and windy to occasionally windy with temperatures low in the 40s for the plains, mostly 30s for our local mountain communities and high mountain valleys. Snow will briefly fall on the mountains along the Continental Divide, primarily along and north of I-70, and a few flakes may briefly arrive in Teller County, but significant precipitation is not expected locally.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, windy, and cooler with high temperatures falling into the 50s and 60s for the plains along and north of the Arkansas River, 70s south of the Arkansas River, and 40s and 50s for the mountains and mountain valleys . There could be a few splashes on the plains, or a few flakes on the mountains during the afternoon, but again, we don’t expect significant rainfall.

Expanded: We expect more wind than precipitation with a number of cold fronts moving through the region this week. Monday will feature a mix of sun and cloud and perhaps brief splashes and/or showers on and near the mountains. Breezy to windy at times with high temperatures reaching the 60s and 70s for the plains, 40s and 50s for the mountains, and 50s to below 60s for the high mountain valleys. More wind on Tuesday as another cold front approaches the region. Although the morning looks warm, it is likely that colder air will move into the area at some point during the day. When the cold front arrives, scattered rain and/or snow showers may develop along and behind it for a short time. Wednesday looks windy and colder with enough instability for isolated flurries to develop over and near the mountains, mostly over northern parts of our coverage area. Thursday and Friday seem warmer, but we expect the wind to increase again.

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