Mar 16, 2014 7:00 PM by Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am to 8pm Monday for the lower elevations of Southern Colorado including Colorado Springs, Canon City, Pueblo, Walsenburg, Trinidad, La Junta, Lamar, and Springfield. Due to existing dry fuels, dry conditions, gusty winds, and low humidity, extreme fire behavior will be possible if a fire starts. Please refrain from starting any fires Monday due to the weather conditions.
High pressure will stay in control of our weather through Monday. It'll be mainly clear tonight with temperatures falling back into the 20s/30s. Expect a dry, breezy, warm, and mostly sunny Monday. Winds will pick up in the morning and continue to blow through Monday night gusting up to 35-40 mph at times out of the west. The wind will help warm temperatures into the 70s in most spots for St. Patrick's Day.
Expect about a 30 degree temperature drop Tuesday as a system quickly moves through the state bringing in cooler air and a bit more cloud cover. Moisture looks fairly limited over the lower elevations with this system though the central and northern mountains may pick up a couple inches of snow as it moves through.
The second half of the workweek looks to be mostly sunny and dry with highs near or above average in the 50s/60s. Highs remain mild into next weekend.
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