...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 PM CST THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...Strong northwest winds, sustained as high as 30 to 40 mph with peak gusts of at least 50 MPH likely, and potentially damaging gusts around 60 MPH possible.
* WHERE...Portions of north central Kansas and east central and south central Nebraska, along and south of Interstate 80.
* WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to 10 PM CST this evening.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Areas of blowing dust are likely within at least portions of the Warning area, perhaps reducing visibility to less than 1 mile. The most intense winds will likely last 2 to 4 hours in most locations, immediately along and behind a powerful cold front. Potentially damaging winds will start and end within the Warning area at different times, and not occur for the entire duration of the Warning.
People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.
...Critical Fire Weather Conditions Likely This Afternoon Near and South of the Nebraska/Kansas Border...
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS AND FAR SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...
* WINDS...For the first part of the afternoon, generally from the west sustained 20 to 30 MPH and gusting to around 35 MPH. By late afternoon shifting to out of the northwest and strengthening behind a cold front, sustained 30 to 40 MPH and gusting as high as 50 to 60 MPH.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as around 15 to 20 percent much of this afternoon, but rapidly rising late this afternoon into the evening as temperatures fall.
* IMPACTS...Any fires that ignite may spread rapidly and exhibit extreme fire behavior. Use extreme caution if engaging in activities that could result in fire ignition.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Any wildfires that possibly ignite prior to the arrival of the cold front will be subject to a sharp increase in wind speeds along and behind the front, along with an abrupt shift in wind direction to out of the northwest.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.