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Critical weather conditions for possible fires on Monday

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The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne discourages fires Monday due to high fire weather conditions.

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SIDNEY — The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne is deterring fires Monday due to high fire weather conditions.

The Sidney Area Weather Service will have above normal temperatures, a dry air mass and high winds.

“A large majority of the Nebraska Panhandle has missed higher snow totals year to date and recent warm temperatures have further sublimated snow directly into the atmosphere,” the weather service said. “This means that moisture has not entered the soil to help with soil moisture and the tall grasses remain dry/dried out. These grasses could potentially cause a fire, given an ignition source.”

Above normal temperatures (50s/60s), high winds (30-45+mph gusts) and humidity values ​​(13-25%) on Monday, could create conditions favorable for the spread of fire (if appropriate given an ignition source), according to the NWS.

A fire weather watch is in effect Monday for the eastern portion of the Panhandle in central Nebraska. A strong wind watch is in place for Laramie and Goshen counties in southeastern Wyoming on Monday.

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