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Strong winds and high fire danger start Thornton’s workweek

Monday, March 6th, 2017 5:13am MST

An approaching front is going to bring about significant change to our weather conditions today. While it will be cooler and perhaps even bring a few flakes of snow, the most notable feature is going to be the potential for extremely strong winds and a corresponding increase in fire danger.

The day starts out relatively mild with readings in the mid to upper 40s. As the front arrives later this morning, temperatures will chill and we will be down to 40 or so by late afternoon. Above, look for mostly to partly sunny skies throughout the day. As the front pushes through around mid-morning, there is a slight chance we may see a few flakes of snow although no accumulation is expected.

The main story today is going to be the wind. We start out breezy but as the front approaches and then passes through this morning, wind speeds will increase. Look for them to peak by noon or so and then they will slowly decrease through the afternoon and evening. Peak speeds to 60 mph will be possible.

A High Wind Watch is in effect and runs through 8:00pm. Additionally, a Red Flag Warning runs from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Any fires that get started will experience rapid and extreme growth so please use caution.

Tonight winds will remain breezy with gusts to 20mph. Temperatures will be dropping to lows in the mid-20s.

How hard is the wind blowing? Keep an eye on our live gauges here.

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