Strong winds from the south will boost temperatures well into the 70s and 80s from Texas to the Dakotas - we may even near 80 degrees here in Denver for the first time since October. Many places in Texas could close in on 90 degrees for the first time this year.
But those winds will quickly rob the vegetation of moisture and create the opportunity for explosive wildland fires - thus many National Weather Service offices have issued red flag warnings. They will likely continue into the day on Wednesday.
If you look to the west you see a lot of gold color, as well as purples and pinks. That is a sign of the next storm system moving into the region. It is spreading a lot of wind and wintry weather. It will move into the center of the nation toward the weekend.
Once it encounters all the moisture moving north into the center of the nation on today's strong southerly winds, we might be talking a rather large severe weather outbreak by late week - especially across Texas and Oklahoma.
We'll have to wait and see how it all comes together.