Valley under red flag warning

Much of western and southwestern Colorado is under a rare fall red-flag warning until 8 p.m. today, as warm, windy and dry weather ahead of a cold front creates ripe conditions for a fire.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says on its website that a combination of above-normal temperatures, relative humidity values in the single digits or low teens and winds that could gust to 30 to 40 mph “will bring red flag conditions to areas where fuels are in a ready to burn state.”

Grand Junction’s high is expected to reach 83 degrees this afternoon, about 10 degrees above the normal high for this time of year.

Meanwhile, northwestern Colorado is under a freeze warning from midnight tonight until 9 a.m. Thursday. Temperatures there are expected to drop into the mid-20s, according to the Weather Service.


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