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Last Map Update: Thu, May. 25, 2017 at 9:55:13 am MDT

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A dip in the pattern across the southwestern U.S., as a Pacific system approaches, will cause for increasing winds, warmer temperatues, blowing dusts, and elevated wildfire danger. Temperatures will rise back to above normal as southwest and westerly winds pick up into the 20 to 35 mph range with higher gusts. Dust is likely across the region in the afternoon hours with isolated locations see significant reductions in visibility. Drive with care, and use caution outdoors with sparks and flames.
A spring wind event arrives for Thursday as a Pacific storm system approaches from the northwest to increase winds. Dry conditions, and warm temperatures will further increase the potential weather hazards by helping to loft dust and create critical wildfire danger. Southwest winds will increase through the afternoon with speeds in the 20 to 35 mph range with gusts around 50 mph. Blowing dust will likely cause some signifcantly reduced visibilities and dangerous driving conditions. Everybody is urged to use extreme caution outdoors with sparks and flames.
Another disturbance aloft will advance towards the region tonight and early Thursday afternoon from southern California. Mix down of strengthening winds aloft ahead of this feature and attendant development of a lee side surface trough over the western plains, will lead to gusty west-southwest winds areawide Thursday. Look for sustained 20-ft winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph or more. With minimum relative humidities in the single digits, very low fuel moistures and very high to extreme fire dangers, the liklihood of critical fire conditions is high Thursday for all areas.

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