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.
Another hint of spring is in store for the weekend after a slightly cooler start Friday.
High temperatures will be in the 40s over most of the eastern plains of Colorado Friday, though La Junta and Otero county may reach 50. Light overnight snow will mostly dissipate by early morning, with clouds lingering later into the morning. Look for wind gusts around 30 miles per hour continuing through the day into Friday night.
A cold front will be moving across eastern Colorado Friday, bringing much cooler temperatures to the eastern plains as the day progresses.
High temperatures for the northeast quarter of the state will largely remain below freezing. Julesburg will only reach the mid-teens while the Sterling and Fort Morgan area will be slightly warmer. Further south, the highs in Limon and Eads will be in the 30s before falling off as the front spreads to the south and west. Springfield and areas further west can expect to reach the 50s, while Trinidad will see 60 for a time.