On Ronelle’s Radar: Wednesday’s warm winds create high fire danger

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It’s not as cold this morning with temperatures starting off in the 20s to 30s. Skies are in fair shape and they’ll be partly cloudy with a mix of clouds and sun through the day.

Winds turn stronger out of the southwest at 10-25 mph by the afternoon. They’ll help warm us up into the 50s and 60s but they’ll also create high fire danger in Southwestern Kansas and along the tip of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 7pm. Warm, dry, gusty days like this provide prime conditions for any fires to spread rapidly and get out of control. There should be no outdoor burning today. SW winds will still be gusty at times after sundown and help keep overnight temperatures from dropping any lower than the 30s.

We’ll get one more day of warmer conditions Thursday as highs reach the 60s under partly cloudy skies. Our next system starts moving into Kansas late Thursday night, bringing a chance of a wintry mix. Rain/snow/sleet showers look more likely Friday with a transition to snow across Northern Kansas.

Some accumulating snow in Northern Kansas is looking like a good bet at this point so expect to see some winter weather alerts soon.

It turns much colder too, Friday’s highs only warm into the low 30s. Wintry weather will wrap up by the evening. We’ll get a break from any moisture Friday night and during the day Saturday. Then another chance of snow showers moves in Saturday night through early Sunday.

Weekend temperatures stay cold in the 30s. There will be another decent chance of snow Monday through Tuesday. So enjoy the next couple of days, because winter returns in full force starting Friday.

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