High winds expected today

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - High winds today will be a nuisance, and a danger. With sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph, and possible gusts near 50 mph, daily activities will be hampered. Drivers, in particular, should use caution. Blowing dust may cause sharp changes in visibility over short distances. And cross winds will make driving high profile vehicles like delivery vans, even passenger vans, more difficult.

In addition, local wildfire danger will be high today as the winds combine with our prolonged dry conditions. Any fire would rapidly grow and spread. No open flames should be used today, or anything that might generate a spark or extreme heat. If pulling off a paved surface do not drive or park over dry grass or other vegetation. Hot exhaust systems can (and do) cause grass fires.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning for West Texas, effective until 7 this evening. 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 will create explosive fire growth potential.

The winds will begin diminishing early this evening, but will likely remain gusty through early morning.

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