Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fire Danger Wednesday

As a cold front moves through the Commonwealth today, winds will kick up from the west and northwest at 10-20 mph. Stronger gusts are expected in the Shenandoah Valley region in the higher terrain today with very dry air invading the region in the wake of the front. The dangerous combination of low relative humidity, gusty winds, and low soil moisture could fuel any fires that start today. As a result, there is a Fire Weather Watch in effect 10AM to 6PM for these highlighted counties:

Rain chances along and ahead of this front are very slim, as we haven't had enough time for good, deep low-level moisture to return to the Commonwealth. Last Friday's cold front was strong enough to usher in a dry airmass that stayed with us through Labor Day. Today's front will be similar, bringing seasonable and dry weather for the rest of the week.

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