Much drier air and elevated northwest winds will increase fire danger concerns across northern Arkansas on Monday

A strong cold front is expected to move across the state from northwest to southeast Monday morning. Behind this front, northwest winds of 10-20 mph will be possible along with higher gusts. Significantly drier air will move into the area as well, with portions of northern Arkansas expected to see minimum RH values fall into the 20 to 30 percent range. Additionally, some locations across northern Arkansas have not received measurable rainfall in the last 14 days. These factors will contribute to an increase in fire danger, particularly Monday afternoon when the driest air will be in place