Continued Low Humidity, Wind Prompt Red Flag Warning

November 29, 2017 12:11 PM

While a red flag warning issued for the second day in a row does not include the Twin Cities, the metro area isn't immune to a grass fire outbreak. 

Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic management cameras captured a grass fire near Interstate 35W and County Road I shortly before noon Wednesday. 


The southbound ramps exiting and entering the interstate appeared to be closed as crews worked to contain the blaze. 

The National Weather Service again on Wednesday issued the red flag warning for portions of central and southwest Minnesota, this time remaining in effect until 5 p.m. Strong winds and relatively low humidity give rise to the chance for fires, the NWS says. 

Meanwhile, the stretch of unseasonably mild weather continues Wednesday, with temperatures expected to reach the mid-40s as the wind again picks up some steam in the afternoon.

KSTP Meteorologist Ken Barlow says temps should stay mild and the sky should remain mostly clear Wednesday through Saturday, in fact.

But this week could be the last of the unseasonable weather before winter is ushered in next week via a large arctic air mass situated over Canada. 

Barlow says overnight temperatures next week could dip into the single digits. For now, he says, enjoy the sun and warm-ish weather while it lasts. 

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