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Dry, chilly air leads to a high fire danger this weekend

Low humidity and limited rain expected
Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 3:48 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2021 at 5:39 PM EST
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  • Lighter winds overnight
  • Colder conditions early Saturday morning
  • High fire danger this weekend

The blustery conditions will come to an end this evening leading to lighter winds overnight. Calmer winds combined with the dry air will lead to very cold temperatures. Lows slip to the low/mid 20s in many locations by sunrise.

We may still have enough wind to drop wind chills into the teens in the mountains and the low 20s in the Piedmont overnight.

Temperatures drop to the low 20s overnight.
Temperatures drop to the low 20s overnight.(WDBJ)

SATURDAY • SUNDAY

High pressure will be centered over the Gulf leading to a warm front that will be pushed toward the region Saturday followed by a cold front Sunday. Neither front is expected to bring much shower activity. This means the weekend should remain mostly dry.

The low humidity combined with the leaf debris on the ground means there’s a high fire danger over the weekend. Use caution when discarding wood stove ashes and cigarettes. If a brushfire does start, it can quickly get out of control.

Low humidity and debris from falling leaves will lead to a high fire danger this weekend. Use...
Low humidity and debris from falling leaves will lead to a high fire danger this weekend. Use caution.(WDBJ)

NEXT WEEK

We begin the week on the chilly side with highs in the 40s in most areas. A gradual warming trend is expected by the middle of the week as high pressure builds in. Look for limited shower chances as well this week. This means the risk of forest fires continues along with the drought situation which has expanded to include areas across the Southside.

Many areas are ending the month of November with rainfall totals 1-3″ below average.

Areas across the Southside are now in a moderate drought.
Areas across the Southside are now in a moderate drought.(WDBJ)