- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Experts say pleasant winter weather expected this weekend in West Texas could increase the threat for wildfires.

The Texas A&M; Forest Service on Friday warned about the possibility of fires amid warmer temperatures, moderate winds and low relative humidity. The agency says affected areas include Abilene, San Angelo, Midland and Lubbock.

Fire analyst Brad Smith says heightened wildfire concerns are through Monday when strong winds are expected, in areas with abundant cured or dried grass.

The National Weather Service says temperatures could reach the 70s this weekend in the Abilene, Lubbock and Midland areas. Forecasters expect temperatures in the 80s in San Angelo.

Officials say much of the Texas Panhandle should have balmy weather this weekend but could get snow on Monday, decreasing the threat of wildfires.

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Online:

https://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/

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