After becoming increasingly worse each week since early December, Colorado's drought conditions are unchanged from last week. Stable conditions, however, represent grave concerns for much of the state.
A swath of south central will continue to see elevated fire risk Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning, set to start at 11:00 a.m., as wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour return to the area. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than Tuesday, but still reach the 60s, while humidity will be in the 10 to 15 percent range.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the fire danger in southern Colorado Tuesday.
The warning takes effect at 10:00 a.m. for Fremont, Custer, Pueblo and Huerfano counties, along with most of El Paso, western Las Animas, and smaller portions of eastern Costilla, Alamosa and Saguache counties.
Caution should be used with outdoor activities that could spark a fire as west winds gust as high as 35 miles per hour. Humidity is expected to fall below 10 percent while temperatures reach the low 70s.
The closeout to January continues a generally warm and dry trend for Colorado's eastern plains, with a return of fire weather conditions expected Tuesday. Western Colorado, though cooler, will also see above-average temperatures to kick off the week.
While mountain areas can expect a small amount of snow along with early morning wind Sunday, most of the region will be dry, with temperatures above seasonal norms.
Last weekend's snow storm brought no relief to drought conditions that have rapidly expanded across most of Colorado since early December, and severe drought continued to increase in the southern part of the state.
Though it may be the middle of winter, southern Colorado is facing a second day of fire warnings Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that is set to take effect at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 5:00 p.m. for the southeast quarter of the state. All of Kiowa, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties will be covered, along with large portions of Las Animas, Huerfano, Pueblo and El Paso counties. Fire warnings will also be in effect for southwest Kansas, northwest Oklahoma and a small portion of Texas.
Portions of southeast and south central Colorado will be at an elevated risk for rapidly spreading wildfires Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning, set to start at 9:00 a.m., for Prowers, Baca, Las Animas, Huerfano, Custer and Fremont counties. Portions of Costilla, Alamosa, Saguache, and El Paso counties are also impacted. The warning is expected to continue until 5:00 p.m.
While drought conditions were largely unchanged in Colorado after six weeks of rapid deterioration, severe drought expanded into southeast Colorado.