FIRE WEATHER WATCH ISSUED JANUARY 11 AT 3:00PM CST UNTIL JANUARY 12 AT 6:00PM CST BY NWS HOUSTON – GALVESTON

…A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT ON THURSDAY… .A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS OVERNIGHT. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTY WILL DEVELOP AND PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THURSDAY. RH VALUES WILL FALL TO NEAR OR BELOW 25 PERCENT BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. ALTHOUGH PARTS OF THE AREA RECEIVED VERY HEAVY RAIN ON MONDAY…SUBSTANTIAL DRYING TODAY COUPLED WITH LESSER RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE NORTHWEST…SOUTHWEST AND PARTS OF COASTAL SOUTHEAST TEXAS WARRANT A CONTINUATION OF THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH. …FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR PARTS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS… 

* AFFECTED COUNTIES… HOUSTON…TRINITY…MADISON…WALKER… SAN JACINTO…POLK…BURLESON…BRAZOS…WASHINGTON… GRIMES…MONTGOMERY…LIBERTY…COLORADO…AUSTIN…WALLER… HARRIS…CHAMBERS…WHARTON…FORT BEND…JACKSON… MATAGORDA…BRAZORIA…GALVESTON. 

* WIND…NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH AND GUSTY WILL DEVELOP IN THE WAKE OF COLD FRONT THAT WILL MOVE THROUGH BEFORE SUNRISE. THE WINDS SHOULD RELAX DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS. 

* HUMIDITY…FALLING TO 20 TO 25 PERCENT OVER THE NORTHWEST AND 25 TO 30 PERCENT OVER THE REMAINDER OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS BY LATE MORNING. 

* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

 

Target Area: Austin; Brazoria; Brazos; Burleson; Chambers; Colorado; Fort Bend; Galveston; Grimes; Harris; Houston; Jackson; Liberty; Madison; Matagorda; Montgomery; Polk; San Jancinto; Trinity; Walker; Waller; Washington; Wharton