Hazardous Weather Outlook
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
FLUS45 KBOU 231102
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
502 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017
JACKSON COUNTY BELOW 9000 FEET-
WEST JACKSON AND WEST GRAND COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
GRAND AND SUMMIT COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/
NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/
GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE
9000 FEET-LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET-
JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR
CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST PARK COUNTY-
LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY-
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY-
CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES-
NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN
SOUTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY-
LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-PHILLIPS COUNTY-
502 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017
...Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions this
afternoon for the southern foothills...Palmer Divide and adjacent
plains including Denver...
Blizzard watch for the Palmer Divide south and southeast of Denver
late tonight through midday Friday...
...Winter Storm Watch for the mountains and foothills primarily
along and south of Interstate 70 Corridor midnight tonight through
...High wind watch for southern Lincoln County late tonight
through Friday afternoon...
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHEAST
AND NORTH CENTRAL COLORADO.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
Strong southwesterly winds combined with low humidity will bring
critical fire weather conditions along the southern foothills,
Palmer Divide and over portions of the northeast plains this
afternoon. Rain and snow showers will develop in the mountains
late this afternoon.
For tonight, a storm system is expected to track slowly across
Colorado. This system will bring much needed precipitation to the
region. Moderate to heavy snow will be possible in the mountains
foothills along and south of the Interstate 70 Corridor and
over the Palmer Divide above 5500 feet, with widespread rain or a
mix of rain and snow over the northeast plains. The combination
of strong winds and snow could produce blizzard conditions late
tonight I-25 south of Denver toward Monument and I-70 east of
Denver to just west of Limon.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
On Friday a storm system will move slowly east of Colorado. This
system will bring snow to the mountains, foothills and across
portions of the adjacent plains. In addition strong winds will
occur over the plains of northeast Colorado which may create
blizzard conditions over the Palmer Divide eastward towards the
Additional accumulations will range from 4 to 8 inches in the
mountains and foothills with up to 6 inches over the Palmer
Divide. Across the adjacent plains 2 to 4 inches may fall around
the Denver area with up to 6 inches near Limon. Elsewhere snow
amounts will be under 2 inches. North winds of 25 to 40 mph with
gusts up to 55 mph will occur over the plains with gusts up to 65
mph over the Palmer Divide towards limon.
The snow and wind should gradually diminish through the afternoon
hours from west to east.
Dry and warmer weather will return on Saturday. The next weather system
could bring another chance of precipitation to the region on
Sunday, then drier again Sunday night into Monday.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY OR TONIGHT but snow
and wind reports would be greatly appreciated.