DENVER (CBS4) – Hold onto your hats! It will turn quite windy Friday and Saturday across Colorado as a spring storm approaches the state.
At times, the winds could gust to 40 mph or higher, especially during the afternoon hours on Saturday. In addition to the wind, the relative humidity will be as low of 5 to 15 percent.
RELATED: Wildfire Resources
This is not good news for portions of southern and western Colorado, which are suffering from extremely dry conditions, making them prone to rapidly growing fires.
Red flag warnings are in place through sunset Friday across portions of the western slope, the San Luis Valley, and along the foothills around and south of Colorado Springs.
A fire weather watch covers much of southeast Colorado for Saturday because conditions could become favorable for any fires that develop to spread quickly.
Extreme to exceptional drought conditions continue to grip the Arkansas River Valley in southeast Colorado.
Much of western and southwest Colorado remain abnormally dry, as well as portions of the eastern and northeast plains.
The approaching weekend storm will bring some beneficial moisture.
Right now it looks like the southwest mountains, the north-central mountains and portions of the northeast plains stand to see the most rain and snow.
- Waldo Canyon Researchers: New Firefighting Approach Needed
- Fire Crews Battle Grass Fire Near Franktown
- Crews Battling Wildfire Burning On The Eastern Plains
- Prescribed Burn Gets Out Of Control And Damages Structures
- North Hogback Fire Investigators Say Passing Traffic Likely Sparked Blaze
- Firefighters Reach 70 Percent Containment On North Hogback Fire
- North Hogback Fire Only 30 Percent Contained, Official Cause Still Not Known
- Horse Owners Take No Chances Near Grass Fire, Evacuation ‘Went Very Smoothly’