Published: May 6, 2014
A red flag warning will remain in effect through Wednesday, even though rain, and possibly snow, is in the forecast.
The extreme fire conditions are expected to remain into next week.
The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued the red flag warning from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the southeastern plains, including El Paso, Fremont, Teller, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties.
Dry southwest winds are forecast to usher in a storm Wednesday afternoon. And even though the storm will likely bring precipitation, the storm clouds carry the threat of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, which could ignite a fire.
The expected high temperature Wednesday is 70 degrees, and wind gusts could reach 50 mph, the weather service said.
Blowing dust across Colorado Springs is expected between 2 and 4 p.m., and isolated showers are expected after 3 p.m.
Temperatures are expected to drop to about 40 degrees Wednesday night, and rain and a slight chance of snow is forecast overnight.