The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 20, 2014

Fire risk increases today because of northerly winds

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield is advising that elevated conditions for fire danger will exist today as northerly winds increase this afternoon.

The increase in winds involves the passage of a cold front across the region that will cause temperatures to fall into the single digits by daybreak Tuesday.

The fire danger is for counties along and west of Missouri Highway 65.

Winds will continue to increase tonight, gusting to approximately 35 mph at times.

Wind-chill values will fall into the single digits to near zero overnight, and will continue to fall into the single digits to 5 below zero at times through the remainder of the week, the forecast office said.

The fire danger is expected to increase again on Friday as southwesterly winds increase while a dry air mass remains in place.   


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