High winds, blowing dust, and fire conditions expected Monday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

High winds, blowing dust, and fire conditions expected Monday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After a brief lull Monday morning, winds will begin to strengthen through early afternoon, with sustained speeds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts near, or greater, than 45 mph.

While not as windy or as dusty as Sunday, this afternoon will still be very windy with widespread blowing dust. Areas of low visibility can be expected.

In addition to the wind and dust, our area wildfire danger will continue to be very high. A Fire Weather Warning, also known as a Red Flag Warning, is in effect until 9 p.m. Conditions will support easy ignition of fires as well as the rapid growth and spread of any fire. Exercise extra caution with any equipment that generates heat, sparks or flames as open flames present a very high risk of fire.

this afternoon will be mostly sunny and a little cooler with highs averaging in the 70s.

Tonight will become cooler, and Tuesday morning will likely be our coolest in about 10 days. Areas to the northwest of Lubbock may experience a light freeze or frost if the wind drops off enough late tonight through early tomorrow morning. Currently that possibility is low.

Tomorrow wind speeds will drop a bit more, but we still will be on the windy side with patchy blowing dust. Temperatures will also fall a bit more with a chilly morning and a cool afternoon.

You can keep an eye on our forecast on our Weather page at kcbd.com/weather.

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