Fire Weather Watch: Dry and warm conditions spark concerns
Warm, sunny, and dry conditions will lead to a beautiful 48 hours, but fire weather concerns are elevated - particularly going into Saturday
- Dry and sunny conditions are expected across the entire region today, with a slight Southwesterly breeze across area of Northeastern Wyoming and South Central South Dakota
- A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for areas of the southern Black Hills and areas South and East of the Black Hills in the Great plains.
- Red flag warning is still in effect for areas South of Oglala Lakota and Bennett Counties in Nebraska.
- In addition, with increasing temperatures and plentiful sunshine we’re expecting large snowmelt to take place near the Bighorns – so an areal flood advisory has been issued for Sheridan County.
- Temperatures will quickly warm up this morning all the way through the afternoon, with 50s and 60s across the region.
- Perhaps a few 40s in the Western Hills and areas with a larger snowpack.
- Tonight remains clear and dry, with Southwesterly winds beginning to pick up.
- Those breezy conditions will continue to pick up through Saturday, bringing both very warm and pleasant temperatures – but also fire concerns.
- Could easily see 70s in Rapid City and areas East of the Black Hills.
- Northeastern Wyoming could see a few 60s but overall 50s look more likely.
- By Sunday, a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and gusty Northwest Winds.
- Perhaps a few snow and rain showers Sunday night into Monday, before 40s and 50s return next week with partly to mostly cloudy skies throughout.
- A few chances for small system to come through, but nothing on the long range as far as organized systems – continuing to look dry overall.