While areas across the Mississippi Valley are under flood warnings and advisories, portions of the high plains are fighting to diminish the spread of wildfires due to high winds and dry conditions.
According to MyWeather.com meteorologist Brandon Swedlund, high wind warnings are in effect this afternoon across much of Wyoming and South Dakota, as well as across the Panhandle of Nebraska. Red Flag Warnings are also in effect for many of these same locations, as well as eastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico.
Why are conditions so dry?
Swedlund notes that a “strong low-pressure system is developing over the western High Plains resulting in strong winds and unseasonably warm temperatures, resulting in dry conditions.” In addition, a cold front associated with this low-pressure system may also produce a few thunderstorms later this afternoon across western South Dakota and western Nebraska. Lightning strikes are a major concern.
Note: The NOAA warns that if a fire does develop in these areas it has the potential to spread very quickly. If you live in these areas please be alert.