Extremely critical fire danger is expected today.
The strong winds will also keep temperatures well above average, reaching the upper 70s again on Thursday afternoon. Officials are asking people to not burn outdoors through at least Friday evening, which is during the warning time.
A Red Flag warning is in place from 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Outdoor burning is not recommended. This time, we'll have a Wind Alert Level Two: meaning we could get gusts to 50+ miles per hour.
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High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory are in effect for the west.
Fire Weather Watches have already been posted by the National Weather Service (NWS) covering northern and western Virginia for Thursday afternoon.
It will be mostly sunny on the weekend, with temperatures reaching the low 50s on Saturday and the low 60s on Sunday. Blowing dust is possible.
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Strong southwest wind gusts in the 35-45 miles per hour range combined with low relative humidity values will create an enhanced wildfire risk Thursday afternoon and Friday.
Any wildfires that develop will spread rapidly due to windy, dry conditions.
Farther south toward the Virginia North Carolina Border, winds speeds will be less, but still pose a concern, especially during the peak heating part of the afternoon when leaf litter and brush will be the driest. The front should swing through the state Friday with more wind and a chance for snow.
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