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.
While impacting a smaller area than Monday, high fire danger covers parts of the southeast plains of Colorado again Tuesday.
A fire weather watch that had been announced Saturday for 14 southeast Colorado counties has been upgraded to a red flag warning.
The risk for fire Monday will be elevated across a number of southeast Colorado counties.
After some improvement in drought conditions last week for northeast Colorado, extreme drought has entered the southwest part of the state.
A new disturbance moving over Colorado Thursday will bring additional light snow to the southern mountains, however the southeast plains will remain mostly dry.
Temperatures will maily be in the 40s over the plains for the day, below average for this time of year.
Despite the calendar showing winter in Colorado, high fire danger returns to the southeast plains of the state Sunday.
After two months of progressively worse drought conditions in Colorado, part of the state has begun to feel relief as the north central and northeast portion of the state saw a return to normal conditions.