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First Alert Weather Day: Second day of Red Flag warnings

Fire danger returns with strong gusty winds
Fire danger returns with strong gusty winds 03:10

For the second day in a row, strong winds and low humidity will team up for another day of high fire danger for the Denver metro area and a large chunk of the eastern plains.

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There is a Red Flag Warning in place for this concern running from Denver through the southeast corner of the state. The warning is from noon thru 7pm Friday. Sustained winds are expected to be in the 30 to 40 mph neighborhood. Wind gusts may peak from 50 to 60 mph across the region.

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The Western Slope mountains have a variety of warnings and advisories for snow and wind. The hardest hit will be the Elk and Park mountains around Steamboat down to the Flattops where 4 to 10 inches of snow is possible along with 55 mph winds. Smaller amounts are expected in the central and southwestern mountains. Skies should start clear Friday night into Saturday with warnings ending by late afternoon Friday.

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Temperatures will be a bit cooler than Thursday's warmth. We are looking at mostly 50s around the Denver metro area during Friday afternoon.

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Statewide highs will be running in the 50s and 60s over the southeast. With 30s and 20s in the mountains.

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Drier and warmer air will be moving into the state over the weekend. Unfortunately, wind may still be an issue over the eastern plains. A Fire Weather Watch is in place from Castle Rock and Parker down into southeastern Colorado. Wind gusts may still pop over 50 mph in some of those areas.

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The winds will be warming chinook winds. This will kick up highs into the 60s and 70s over eastern areas of the state by Sunday.

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