Roanoke Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:46 PM EDT on October 25, 2014

...Enhanced fire danger on Sunday...

A mainly dry cold front will pass southeast through the region overnight followed by building high pressure on Sunday. The gradient behind the front between low pressure well to the north and the high to the west will cause increasing northwest winds by Sunday morning. These winds are expected to remain strong and gusty especially along and just east of the Blue Ridge into late Sunday afternoon. This in combination with the mixing of much drier air to the surface and heating will cause smaller fuels such as Leaf litter and grasses to dry further. This will likely lead to enhanced fire danger especially by Sunday afternoon when northwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph could result in rapid fire spread.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged especially near the Blue Ridge Sunday where fires are more apt to get out of control. Remember to use caution when discarding any smoking materials on Sunday.