DENVER (CBS4) – We have a broad , flat high pressure ridge on the weather map from Colorado to the Gulf Coast. This ridge and an approaching cold front and jet stream is helping to push in strong southwesterly winds in for the first weekend of March.
As a result, the triple whammy of warm temperatures, strong gusty winds and low relative humidity is boosting the Fire Danger across eastern Colorado. There is a Red Flag Warning for Sunday. The threat of fire extends from the Front Range across parts of northeast Colorado down into the southeastern corner of the state. This warning is in effect from noon to 6pm on Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical conditions for fire development are occurring or will very soon. Open burning is prohibited on Red Flag days.
A fast-moving cold front will blast through early on Monday. This will bring in more mountain snow and extremely strong winds over the state to start the week ahead.
Tuesday will begin another warming trend that will get us back to near 70 again by Thursday.