Valley under warning for high winds, fire danger

The Grand Valley and other areas of west-central Colorado are under a red flag warning today, as gusty winds and low humidity could create dangerous fire conditions.

The warning from the National Weather Service is in effect from 1 until 8 p.m. today for areas below 8,000 feet. A fire weather watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening for the same areas.

Forecasters say southwest winds will increase this afternoon to up to 35 mph. That, combined with dry fuels, makes conditions favorable for rapid fire growth, according to the Weather Service. Winds will increase in strength on Wednesday and could reach as high as 60 mph in the lower elevations.

Grand Junction’s high is expected to reach 77 degrees today, then possible top out around 80 degrees on Wednesday. A major storm is scheduled to move into western Colorado Wednesday evening, bringing chances of rain and possibly snow showers to the valley Wednesday night through the weekend. Highs will drop into the 50s.


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