Despite the official end of winter still days away, fire risk continues across southeast Colorado Friday and Saturday.
Dry conditions persisted in Colorado over the past week, resulting in a significant expansion of extreme drought in the southeast corner of the state - a further deterioration from the severe drought that grew across the area last week.
Fire danger is in the rise again for southern Colorado, along with southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, northwest Texas and eastern New Mexico.
While the end of winter is over a week away, Colorado continues to see increases in drought and high fire risk.
A red flag warning for high fire danger will be in effect as early as 11:00 a.m. Friday for eastern Larimer, northern Weld and all of Logan, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. Northwest winds are expected to gust as high as 40 miles per hours as humidity drops below 15 percent. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 60s for the day. Neighboring counties in Kansas will experience similar conditions.
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Last week brought relatively minor changes to drought conditions in Colorado, and no help for extreme drought conditions that recently developed in the southwest.
After a short reprieve, elevated fire risk is returning to eastern Colorado to close the week.
A low pressure system moving over Colorado Wednesday will be accompanied by a temperature drop off from Tuesday's highs.
Highs will be in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday - closer to seasonal norms - with generally dry conditions across the plains while mountain areas may see some snow. Overall, little help for drought conditions can be expected during the coming days.