High winds and low humidity cause fire danger in county this weekend

Published 10:03 am Friday, April 8, 2022

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued several hazardous weather conditions affecting Jefferson Davis County over the weekend. A combination of windy conditions and low relative humidity will cause increasing fire danger Friday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for southwestern portions of the area. Open burning is discouraged in most areas with extra caution advised roughly along the Highway 84 corridor. Jefferson Davis County is in the significant threat category for dangerous wildfire conditions meaning open burning should not be attempted and wildfires will spread rapidly. These windy conditions and low humidity will continue during the day both Saturday and Sunday causing a continued fire weather threat throughout the weekend.

Jefferson Davis County is also in a limited risk category for strong winds on Friday. Strong northerly winds will be possible across the area. Sustained winds of 20-25 miles per hour with gusts 30-40 miles per hour may result in weak trees and limbs to break and fall. Driving may be made more difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles.

Frost is possible late tonight and into early Saturday morning. Temperatures across the area will fall to between 33 and 37 degrees prior to dawn. Minor damage to unprotected vegetation will be possible. JDC is in the limited threat category for frost.