*The winds will blow and the dirt will fly so be ready for higher wind gusts today. We are in a WIND ADVISORY from noon until 7pm this evening. We can expect winds of 20-30 mph with some gusts upwards of 45 mph. East/West traffic should stay “Driver Aware” for very strong crosswinds. Wind Gusts can hit you with no warning so please pay attention to your driving, especially out on the highways.

*The Fire Danger is elevated today. A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect out west. Since foliage here in the area hasn’t frozen yet, it’s still mostly green but its very dry. If a fire gets going, it will burn quickly, just with a lot of smoke. I will send out a sit-rep to all fire departments on spread components expected, later this morning.

*We expect the cold front to push in during the overnight hours. Estimated time would be between midnight and 5am. After frontal -passage, wind gusts will average around 35-40 mph. Winds will come down over the weekend but sustained winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 are possible through the weekend. There is also a chance for rain with the front but don’t hold your breath on this part yet.

*OVERALL, we’ll be ok so here is your forecast from the NWS/NORMAN;

Today- Mostly sunny and windy. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Tonight- Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy after midnight. Breezy with lows in the lower 50s. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

WINTER is on its way, are you prepared? This link should help- https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter

*Be sure to download our GARFIELD COUNTY EM app.