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Warmer week but high fire danger Thursday and Friday

High winds increase the fire danger for the end of the week
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 7:53 AM EDT|Updated: 1 hour ago
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THURSDAY: A FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY for high winds and high fire danger for the day.

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High winds and high fire danger
High winds and high fire danger(WHSV)

A cool morning with temperatures in the 40s and some clouds. A very pleasant and warmer December day for today. More clouds across the Alleghenies and then sunshine for the rest of the area. Turning rather breezy with westerly winds by the late morning and then high winds will be in place for the afternoon. High temperatures today in the low to mid 60s. Warm but quite windy.

HIGH FIRE DANGER for the day with the high winds and the fact that the area has been very dry. Rainfall is about 1-3″ below average over the last 30 days. This is fall wildfire season and the down leaves adds more available fuel. No burning today. If you have any ash piles it’s a good idea to throw more water on it just to be on the safe side. Secure any loose items around your house and property.

Strongest wind: The strongest winds will be in the afternoon and evening. Wind can top 40-60mph at times for those west of I-81 to the Allegheny Front. For those east of I-81, it will still be windy but gusts should stay under 40mph. The only exception may be a few occasional higher gusts across the Blue Ridge. The strongest winds, however, will be west of I-81. This is where we can see power outages, down tree limbs, some down trees.

Clear and windy into the evening with high wind gusts topping 40-60mph through about 3 am Friday morning. Temperatures in the evening staying rather mild and in the 50s. Overnight lows in the low 40s. After about 3 am Friday morning winds start to let up but it will still be fairly breezy into Friday morning. A weak and dry cold front crosses overnight.

High winds and high fire danger
High winds and high fire danger(WHSV)

FRIDAY: A cool start to the day with temperatures in the 40s. Despite a cold front crossing in the morning, temperatures remain warm today. Still breezy at times especially across the Alleghenies early in the day.

HIGH FIRE DANGER continues Friday although the winds will be much lower. However, the cold front will drop humidity, which will raise the fire danger again today with dry fuel on the ground. A mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon and quite comfortable. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Another great day to be outside and winds won’t be nearly as strong. A few passing clouds overnight. Cold with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Chilly for the morning as temperatures start in the 40s. Temperatures will still quite pleasant for today. A mix of sun and clouds and high temperatures in the afternoon in the mid to upper 50s with a few spots right at 60. Cooler quicker into the evening as we finally start to see the cooling effect from the cold front. Overnight, a few clouds but generally clear. A cold night with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

SUNDAY: Colder to begin the day with temperatures in the 30s. Much cooler for the day. Partly cloudy for the afternoon. Highs in the low to mid 40s. More clouds will build in overnight. A cold night, but temperatures a bit more elevated due to the cloud cover. Lows in the low to mid 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy for the morning and quite cold with temperatures in the 30s. A cold front will cross the area early, and temperatures will drop throughout the day. Highs in the low 50s today, but falling in the 40s in the afternoon. A chilly day. Clouds will decrease into the night. Quite cold overnight with lows in the low to mid 20s.

TUESDAY: A cold start to the day with temperatures rising in the 30s early. Lots of sunshine for today with high pressure building in overhead. A chilly day with highs in the low to mid 40s. Overnight, clouds move in. A cold night with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

WEDNESDAY: A cloudy and cold morning with temperatures slowly rising into the 40s. Generally cloudy for the afternoon, keeping temperatures quite chilly. Highs in the low to mid 40s.

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