Unseasonably warm temperatures, very dry air, and gusty winds Monday and Tuesday resulted in critical fire weather conditions across the region.
After highs near 80 degrees Monday afternoon, a cold front moved through in the early evening, bringing stronger winds with gusts as high as 50-55 mph.
A Red Flag warning went into effect for wildfire dangers and lasts until 9 p.m. Tuesday. A high wind watch was in effect Monday for potential wind damage, the National Weather Service in North Platte said.
The wind speed decreased Tuesday, gusting around 25 mph. Temperatures are expected to return to near normal levels Wednesday. Low humidity and gusty northwest winds will keep fire dangers elevated.
A warmup is forecast on Thursday, lasting into the weekend, extending fire weather concerns through the end of the week, the weather service said.
Top image: Forecast humidity and windspeed on Monday. Tap on image to enlarge.