Now into the Weekend: Fire and Wind Concerns Across High Plains
Fire and wind concerns will be in place across the High Plains region of the United States heading into the weekend.
Red Flag Warnings are in place across parts of Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota for Friday, as low humidity and gusty winds take over the region. Humidity, a measure of moisture in the air, is forecast to dip as low as 10 to 18 percent Friday afternoon. Combining this low humidity with wind gusts from 25 to 35 miles per hour will lead to a critical fire threat for the warned areas.
On top of the fire threat, High Wind Warnings are in place are parts of Wyoming. Winds are forecast to reach 30 to 40 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 65 mph. Winds could reach 70 miles per hour on the south side of Casper. These warnings will be in place through 6 pm Friday evening.
There are also High Wind Watches that will go in to effect late Sunday across parts of Wyoming and Montana Sunday. Winds in these regions could range from 35 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 65 miles per hour.
The high wind impacting the High Plains and other parts of the western United States this weekend are due to a series of strong storm systems sweeping across these areas.