Houston Forecast: Gusty, dry winds create fire danger


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 2:23 PM

HOUSTON -– A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of southeast Texas due to dry, gusty winds, according to KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Chita Johnson.

The warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday for Madison, Walker, Burleson, Brazos. Washington, Grimes, Montgomery, Colorado, Austin, Waller, Harris, Chambers, Wharton, Fort Bend, Jackson. Matagorda, Brazoria, and Galveston Counties.

North winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are expected through the early afternoon. An overnight cool front dropped the humidity as well, making for dry conditions.

The highest threat is located west of a Madisonville to Hempstead to Freeport line. Residents are asked to not burn any trash.

Tuesday afternoon we’ll top out in the low-60s under sunny skies. Wednesday will also be sunny, but the winds will die down and the daytime temperatures will increase a few degrees.

Thursday a chance for rain moves in, and the daytime temperatures drop into the 50s.

Early Friday morning the rain continues as the temperatures drop into the low-30s, creating the possibility for wintry conditions on the roads.

“We are looking into the possibility of winter precipitation early Friday morning – mainly between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.,” said Johnson.

Once the sun comes up the roads should not be an issue, but the rain chance continues until Saturday.

By Sunday the sun returns as daytime temperatures increase back into the 60s.

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