Conditions ripe for critical fire danger
Dry and windy conditions are expected across the region Monday, April 20, creating critical fire weather conditions, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported.
“There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms Monday afternoon,” the weather service reported. “Small hail is possible with the strongest storms.”
The weather service issued a fire weather watch for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect Monday morning through the afternoon. The watch is in effect for Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. Monday northwest winds are forecast to be 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Humidity is as low as 25%. In these conditions, the weather service reported fire will be able to spread quickly.
A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.
In addition, minor flooding continues on the Mississippi River at Aitkin. The weather service noted flood water will continue to recede and should fall below flood stage Tuesday morning.
The river at Aitkin was at 13.6 feet Sunday. Flood stage is 13 feet.
The forecast for the coming week calls for sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday with high temperatures ranging from 51-64 degrees. A slight chance for rain and snow is back Thursday and Friday with highs anticipated to be near 60 degrees. A look ahead has a chance of rain and snow Saturday but mostly sunny skies Sunday, April 26.