Special Weather Statement
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000 WWUS81 KLWX 252040 SPSLWX SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 440 PM EDT SAT OCT 25 2014 VAZ025-036-037-503-504-260845- AUGUSTA-NELSON-ALBEMARLE-WESTERN HIGHLAND-EASTERN HIGHLAND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...STAUNTON...WAYNESBORO... CHARLOTTESVILLE...HIGHTOWN...MONTEREY 440 PM EDT SAT OCT 25 2014 ...ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES SUNDAY... A DRY COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT. WINDS WILL PICK UP BEHIND THE FRONT ON SUNDAY...WHICH WILL RESULT IN DRY AND BLUSTERY CONDITIONS. WESTERLY WINDS WILL BE SUSTAINED AROUND 15 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS AROUND 25 TO 30 MPH ACROSS CENTRAL VIRGINIA SUNDAY AFTERNOON. DUE TO THE WINDS...THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 25 TO 35 PERCENT. THESE WINDY AND DRY CONDITIONS WILL ALLOW FUELS TO DRY OUT FURTHER. FINER FUELS WILL DRY OUT FIRST. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND RELATIVELY LOW FUEL MOISTURE WILL ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR SPREAD OF WILDFIRES. OPEN BURNING OF ANY TYPE IS CONSIDERED VERY HAZARDOUS THIS TIME OF YEAR. ACCIDENTAL ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF WILDFIRES. $$ HAS/HTS

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