Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon

The combination of low humidity, breezy conditions, and much warmer temperatures will contribute to excellent drying conditions this afternoon.

Temperatures in the 70s, coupled with gusty southwest winds, and humidity minimums between 25 to 35 percent will lead to increasing fire danger. Strongest wind gusts are expected along and north of Interstate 64 in Virginia and West Virginia, where gusts may reach 30 to 35 mph.

Farther south toward the Virginia North Carolina Border, winds speeds will be less, but still pose a concern, especially during the peak heating part of the afternoon when leaf litter and brush will be the driest.

Wind gusts of 15 to 25 mph will be common throughout southside Virginia, and into the Piedmont of North Carolina this afternoon. Gusty conditions will also exist across the higher mountain ridges surrounding the New River Valley, and into the high country of northwest North Carolina.

Remember to exercise caution when handling any potential fire ignition source today. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grass or tree litter that ignites will have the potential to spread quickly.