The calendar may say winter is nearly here, but Mother Nature continues to toss summer-like fire risks at the eastern plains of Colorado.
Red flag warnings continue for portions of the eastern plains of Colorado Sunday, with dry and unseasonably warm temperatures expected to continue through the work week for most of the state.
Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Yuma counties are under a red flag warning until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Northwest winds will be gusting up to 25 miles per hour, and the humidity could fall as low as eight percent, which could cause any fires that start to spread rapidly.
Fire danger across the eastern plains of Colorado is high Friday as strong winds rush across the region.
Sunday continues the recent trend of above-average temperatures, though a system moving later in the day will push temperatures closer to seasonal averages starting Monday and continuing at least through mid-week. While heavier snow will mainly be confined to northweast Colorado for now, it's a great time to brush up on your winter driving preparations.
Upper 60s are in store for the northeast and east central portions of the state Sunday, while the southeast will see low 70s.
Fire danger Monday will be elevated across Colorado's eastern plains as temperatures rise to the upper 70s and even areas of 80s.
Temperature records may fall across Colorado Sunday and Monday, though more seasonal temperatures are expected by mid-week.
Sunday will be mostly dry with temperatures reaching the low to mid-70s. Monday will be more of the same as temperatures pick up a few degrees. Springfield will have a change to reach the low 80s - as much as 30 degrees above normal for this time of year. Gusty winds and low humidity will increase the first danger; however, a fire weather watch is not yet in effect.