Friday, November 18, 2016

SWVA weather alert: fires could quickly grow out of control

Special Weather Statement issued November 18 at 2:58PM EST by NWS Blacksburg

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Increased fire danger for Saturday afternoon through Sunday across southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina… a strong cold front will move through the region Saturday. Behind the front…winds will increase from the northwest to around 15 to 30 mph…with occasional gusts to near 40 to near 55 mph possible. The highest wind gusts will occur across the highest elevations of northwest North Carolina Saturday afternoon into Sunday. These winds combined with low relative humidities of 28-48 percent and dry leaf litter will lead to an increased danger of rapid fire growth Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Outdoor burning is discouraged Saturday through Sunday…as any fires could quickly grow out of control.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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