... Multiple windy days with high fire danger then turning sharply
colder late this week...
Windy conditions will occur several days this week... including
Monday... Tuesday... and Thursday. Northwest winds will be sustained
between 25 and 35 mph each day... with gusts around 45 mph at
times. Combined with very low relative humidity levels and recent
dry conditions... this will result in high fire danger Monday and
Tuesday for much of south central Nebraska and north central
A Fire Weather Watch has been posted Monday afternoon for
Furnas... Gosper... and Harlan counties in Nebraska... and
Phillips... Rooks... and Osborne counties in Kansas. These counties
and possibly others may be upgraded to a red flag warning for
tomorrow... and one may be required Tuesday as well.
In addition... a strong Canadian cold front will plunge through
the region Thursday... bringing the coldest air so far this fall.
High temperatures will be in the 40s for most or all of south
central Nebraska and north central Kansas Friday and Saturday.
Low temperatures will be at or below freezing three nights...
Thursday night through Saturday night... with widespread readings
in the 20s expected at sunrise Saturday. In fact... there is
potential that areas along and north of Interstate 80 may fall
into the teens that morning.
Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts from the National
Weather Service via our webpage or NOAA Weather Radio. Be prepared
for windy conditions... be careful with anything that could start a
fire... pull winter Coats out of storage for later this week... and
be sure your furnace is ready for use.
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Watches & Warnings
Issued: 6:53 PM CDT Oct. 22, 2017 – National Weather Service
Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 11:56 AM CDT Oct. 23, 2017 – National Weather Service
... Red flag warning remains in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening
for wind and low relative humidity for fire weather zones 005,
006, 017, 018, 072, 082 and 083...
* affected area... in Kansas, fire weather zone 005 Phillips,
fire weather zone 006 Smith, fire weather zone 017 Rooks and
fire weather zone 018 Osborne. In Nebraska, fire weather zone
072 Gosper, fire weather zone 082 Furnas and fire weather zone
* Winds... northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
* Timing... this afternoon and early evening.
* Relative humidity... 15 to 20 percent.
* Impacts... any fires that occur may spread rapidly and be
difficult to contain. Use caution if engaging in activities
that could ignite a fire.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.