Special Weather Statement issued December 13 at 3:19AM CST by NWS
Effective: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Expires: 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The combination of strong and gusty winds, low relative humidity,
and dry surface fuels will lead to elevated fire danger this afternoon
across central and east central Missouri as well as parts of
southwest Illinois.
Southwest winds will become westerly and increase by late morning
to 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 35 mph. The wind will remain
strong and gusty through the afternoon as it shifts to the
northwest. Temperatures well above seasonal average will contribute
to low relative humidity with values less than 30 percent in the
These weather conditions combined with very dry grasses, dry leaf
litter, and dry underbrush could result in the rapid spread of
fires. Therefore, outdoor burning is highly discouraged today.
Care should be taken with open flames and the disposal of
cigarette butts.

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