WASHINGTON — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the entire D.C. region through 6 p.m. Sunday.
The warning went into effect 7 a.m. Sunday. It means with winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of up to 40 miles per hour and humidity levels at less than 25 percent, critical fire conditions could occur.
Temperatures were expected to be 20 degrees below normal with howling winds and snow flurries.
Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington reported around 10 a.m. they were getting multiple reports of accidents on Highway 15 in Frederic County due to snowy roads.
But it is the low humidity, blustery winds, and dry tinder that can make for a high risk of wildfires.
“This is a perfect recipe for brush fires, or other outside fires to ignite, and also include the rapid spread of that fire,” says Mark Brady, chief spokesperson for Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department.
The county also has a list of tips to limit fire hazards:
WTOP’s Thomas Warren contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.