Last Updated on April 5, 2016 10:16 am
The National Weather Service says there is an increased fire danger across northern North Carolina and parts of southern Virginia today. In their Tuesday morning statement:
WINDS WILL BE GUSTY THIS MORNING. WIND SPEEDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH
WITH GUSTS OF 20 TO 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED. AT THE SAME TIME…RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE 20S ACROSS THE
REGION. FUELS WILL CONTINUE TO DRY DESPITE THE LIGHT RAIN MONDAY
THE COMBINATION OF DRY FUELS…GUSTY WINDS…AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RESULT IN AN ENHANCED FIRE DANGER. EXTREME
CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED WITH ANY IGNITION SOURCE TO PREVENT
THE DEVELOPMENT AND RAPID SPREAD OF WILDFIRES.
A Freeze Warning will also go back in effect, after expiring at 10am this morning, from 2am to 9am Wednesday morning. Blowing freezing temperatures and widespread frost are forecast. Temperatures will approach freezing toward midnight and then fall well below freezing for most of the overnight hours, the Weather Service says.