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National Weather Service issues Red Flag fire warning for Weld County; snow expected Thursday night, Friday

Staff reports

The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Red Flag fire warning for Weld County and several other northeastern Colorado counties.

The warning will go into effect at noon Thursday and last through 6 p.m.

"Conditions will be very warm and dry through this afternoon, with gusty southerly winds expected," the warning states, noting that the strongest winds will occur in Weld and Larimer counties. "Colder temperatures coupled with rain and snow will sweep across much of the region tonight and Friday."

The warning states that gusty southerly winds will develop by midday. Gusts will reach 35 mph.

"Conditions will be favorable for rapid ignition of dry vegetation, fire growth and spread," the warning stated. "Any outdoor burning is strongly discouraged, and in some areas, illegal."

Thursday night, forecasters expect Weld County to see some moisture. There is a 50 percent chance of storms overnight with rain and snow likely. Forecasters also expect snow on Friday, mostly before 1 p.m. Friday's high is expected to reach 56 degrees. Sunny skies are expected to return on Saturday.

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