Fire weather watch issued for Saturday

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Winds...south at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 45 miles per hour shifting to the west. Humidity could drop as low as 20 percent. Areas as close as Manhattan are already under a Red Flag Warning. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 33 miles per hour becoming west in the afternoon.

Extended: It will stay breezy the next couple days, but fire danger won't be as high as what we'll experience today.

Today: Highs will range in the 40s and 50s - a bit cooler thanks to an incoming cold front.

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Grand Island is only a little behind expected precipitation through March 6, with a total of 1.32 inches for the year so far, compared to normal precipitation of 1.41 inches through March 6. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts. Fire Weather Watches have already been issued for Sunday and Monday (during the heat of the day). Highs on Monday are expected to be in the 50's. Avoid any outdoor burning!

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.

Blomenkamp said he's expecting to see 12 to 15 fires over the weekend, and strongly urged people not to burn at all.