Wicked winds continue to wreak havoc across Colorado

Posted at 10:32 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 12:55:58-05

DENVER -- The powerful winds that have spurred several fires and knocked down power poles will continue to cause problems and create very high fire danger again around Colorado Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of the Front Range and eastern Colorado. Low relative humidity and gusty winds will return again, especially across Weld, Morgan, Logan, northern Washington, Sedgwick and Phillips Counties.

Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph can be expected in parts of eastern Colorado through mid-afternoon.

Strong winds blew over a semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 25 near the Wyoming border, the Colorado State patrol tweeted. No injuries were reported. That same stretch of highway was later closed because of high winds.

For a second day in a row, wicked winds slowed down ground traffic at Denver International Airport. Delays at the airport stretched to more than an hour at times.

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Dry, windy weather that has made battling wildfires more difficult. Firefighters had lost some ground against a grass fire burning in Logan County.  The fire near the Nebraska border was considered 90 percent contained on Monday evening, but managers on Tuesday revised that figure to 50 percent after some flare ups.

The weather will calm down considerably on Wednesday as the winds aloft relax a bit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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