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Fire & ice in the forecast
Several areas of the country are expecting a combination of strong winds and low relative humidity that increase the danger of fires today. Along the East coast from Boston ,MA southward thru extreme eastern NY, NY, PA, MD and northern VA, fire danger is elevated due to dry conditions and gusty winds. The potential will be high for the rapid spread of any uncontrolled brush or wildland fires.
Similar conditions may exist for parts of northern and central IL later today and this evening. A Fire Watch has been issued from Monday PM through Monday evening for all of north central and northeast IL and northwest IN. Winds are forecast to blow from the northwest at 15 to 35 mph. The strong winds and low relative humidity will create conditions that are favorable for rapid growth of fires. In central IL, outdoor burning is not recommended this PM and evening.
Further west behind a cold front, cold and dry air is spreading eastward across the plains, and early morning freezing temperatures are being reported in parts of NE, IA, MN and the Dakotas. The coldest so far this morning that we have seen include 26 F at Spencer, IA and 24 degrees F at Valentine NE and 23 degrees F at Aberdeen, SD.
A Freeze Watch is in effect for tonight through Tuesday morning for parts of these states including WI and northern IL. Temperatures could cool to the upper 20s for several hours over northern IL. Northern IA and southern MN as well as northern NE and the Dakotas could experience freezing temperatures tonight in mid to upper 20s or colder for several hours.
On Wednesday morning the freezing temperature line is forecast to push further south and east with the potential of freezing temperatures in central IL, IN and parts of western OH. Sensitive vegetation may be damaged or killed by the freezing temperatures.
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