Strong winds to create high fire danger

DENVER - Yet another Tuesday storm will bring fast-moving changes to Colorado's weather.

St. Patrick's Day is forecast to be very warm with highs in the 60's and 70's over the Front Range and eastern plains. Very strong winds will blow throughout the day, with the biggest gusts in the afternoon. Winds up to 50 mph are possible Monday afternoon and evening.

Because of the high winds, warm temperatures, and low humidity, a RED FLAG WARNING will be in effect from noon until 8 p.m. Monday for parts of the Front Range and all of the Eastern Plains as humidity drops to around 9% and winds gust to 50 mph.

The next storm system is expected Monday evening into Tuesday when the strong northerly wind will again put a chill on the Front Range. Wind gusts in the Front Range foothills could reach 75 mph early Tuesday morning as the colder air pours into the area.

Current forecasts show the Tuesday storm as being mainly wind, with rain and snow staying in the mountains, foothills and central valleys. By Wednesday, warmer and drier temperatures are expected.


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