Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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FXUS65 KPUB 180858

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
258 AM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 254 AM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Drier and warmer air will be over the area today and tonight.
Precip is not expected today or tonight across southeast and south
central CO. Temps will be much warmer today, with highs in the 80s
acrs the southeast plains, and in the 70s in the San Luis Valley and
Upper Arkansas River Valley.  Breezy southwest winds are expected
over the higher elevations today and portions of the San Luis Valley.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 254 AM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

...High Fire Danger Tuesday...

Dry, westerly flow will elevate the fire danger over the area
Tuesday.  A combination of breezy conditions, low humidities and
drying grasses will raise conditions to critical levels. For the
first time in a while, a Fire Weather Watch will go into effect from
noon to 6 pm Tuesday for the eastern plains and greater Pikes Peak
Region. Surrounding forecast offices will be doing the same.  It`s
time once again to be aware of the fire danger and avoid activities
that could accidentally start a wildfire.  This includes outdoor
burning or any other activity that could accidentally kick out a
spark or flame.

Wednesday looks cooler and less windy behind a cold front that moves
through the eastern plains.  However, the winds will start to pick
up again on Thursday, possibly elevating the fire danger once again.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, an early fall storm system will move
into Colorado.  The exact positioning of this system remains in
question.  But, in general, the system could bring strong
thunderstorms to the plains, snow showers to the mountains and
breezy and cooler weather to all areas.  Stay tuned for updates
to the forecast throughout the week.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 254 AM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

With drier air over the area today, VFR conditions are expected at
KCOS and KPUB.  This morning at KALS, low level moisture is high and
there is the potential for reduced vsby and low stratus which could
lead to MVFR or even brief IFR conditions.  However, after
midmorning VFR conditions are expected at KALS.  This afternoon KALS
could see some gusty southwest winds, possibly gusting to
between 20 and 25 kts.


Fire Weather Watch Tuesday afternoon for COZ221-222-226>237.



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