FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: High winds, critical fire danger continues Friday

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Updated: Apr. 12, 2018 at 10:48 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We are again designating a First Alert Weather Day for Friday to emphasize significant weather, with low humidity, more high winds and continued high fire danger across the viewing area.

Friday afternoon will be cooler, but with another day of winds possibly gusting to 60 mph, combined with dry air and fuels, it's again a day favorable for fire ignition.

While Saturday will be much cooler, the winds will be even stronger and the fuels just as dry, keeping the fire danger slightly elevated. Whether or not an official Burn Ban is in effect for your county, and one is for Lubbock County whenever it's under a Fire Weather Warning, NO BURN weather will be the case area wide the next few days.

Fire Weather Warnings are also known as Red Flag Warnings and one is in effect Friday.

When outdoors, avoid using open flames, keep vehicles and equipment with hot exhaust systems away from dry grasses, avoid activity that may generate sparks (such as dragging chains), and if you are a smoker use extreme care with your ashes and butts.

Both days drivers may encounter buffeting crosswinds. At greatest risk today are vehicles, especially high-profile vehicles such as delivery trucks and 18-wheelers, on north-to-south and northwest-to-southeast oriented roads. Tomorrow afternoon the wind direction will swing from west to north, so the strong buffeting winds eventually will broadside cars and trucks on southwest-to-northeast and west-to-east roads. Keep both hands on the steering wheel.

Blowing dust will lower visibility, particularly near open fields. Widespread blowing dust today will cause low and/or rapidly varying visibility.

Friday's winds will be from the west and will result in lower temps, staying in the 60s and even some 50s in the northwest. Lows Friday night will fall to the 30s across the area and highs on Saturday will be colder, staying in the low 60s in Lubbock.

Remember a First Alert Weather Day is in effect for Friday and fire danger will be high.

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