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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
540 AM MDT Thu Mar 30 2017

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Western Mosquito Range/East Lake County Above 11000 Ft-
Leadville Vicinity/Lake County Below 11000 Ft-
Eastern Sawatch Mountains above 11000 Ft-
Western Chaffee County Between 9000 and 11000 Ft-
Central Chaffee County Below 9000 Ft-
Western Mosquito Range/East Chaffee County above 9000Ft-
Saguache County West of Continental Divide Below 10000 Ft-
Saguache County East of Continental Divide below 10000 Ft-
La Garita Mountains Above 10000 Ft-
Upper Rio Grande Valley/Eastern San Juan Mountains Below 10000 Ft-
Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Ft-
Del Norte Vicinity/Northern San Luis Valley Below 8500 Ft-
Alamosa  Vicinity/Central San Luis Valley Below 8500 Ft-
Southern San Luis Valley-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 8500 And 11000 Ft-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 11000 Ft-
Southern Sangre De Cristo Mountains Between 7500 and 11000 Ft-
Southern Sangre De Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Ft-
Northwestern Fremont County  Above 8500Ft-
Western/Central Fremont County Below 8500 Ft-
Wet Mountain Valley Below 8500 Ft-
Wet Mountains between 6300 and 10000Ft-
Wet Mountains above 10000 Ft-
Teller County/Rampart Range above 7500fT/Pike`s Peak Between
7500 And 11000 Ft-Pikes Peak above 11000 Ft-
Canon City Vicinity/Eastern Fremont County-
Northern El Paso County/Monument Ridge/Rampart Range Below
7500 Ft-
Colorado Springs Vicinity/Southern El Paso County/Rampart Range
Below 7400 Ft-Pueblo Vicinity/Pueblo County Below 6300 Feet-
Walsenburg Vicinity/Upper Huerfano River Basin Below 7500 Ft-
Trinidad Vicinity/Western Las Animas County Below 7500 Ft-
Crowley County-La Junta Vicinity/Otero County-
Eastern Las Animas County-Western Kiowa County-
Eastern Kiowa County-Las Animas Vicinity/Bent County-
Lamar Vicinity/Prowers County-Springfield Vicinity/Baca County-
540 AM MDT Thu Mar 30 2017

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of central...east
central...south central and southeast Colorado.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Another spring storm is expected to drop across the Great Basin
today, and approach the Four Corners region this evening. This will
bring a return of snowfall to the Continental Divide starting this
afternoon, then increase in intensity through the evening. Total
snowfall amounts for the higher elevations of the central and
southwest mountains are forecast to range from 1 to 3 inches through
tonight, while the remainder of the mountains may receive just a
dusting by early Friday morning.

There is also the chance for a thunderstorm or two this afternoon
along the Continental Divide. The main threats with any
thunderstorms that do develop will be cloud to ground lightning, and
gusty erratic winds.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

A moist spring storm will cross southern Colorado Friday into
early Sunday, primarily impacting the eastern mountains and plains
Friday night and Saturday. Snow levels will drop to around 6000
feet and possibly as low as 5000 feet.

If everything comes together perfectly, elevations above 6000
feet could see storm total snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches over
a 24 hour period ending Saturday evening. The Palmer Divide and
the eastern mountain ranges could see totals of 10 to 20 inches by
storm`s end. Elevations above 5000 feet could see maybe 4 to 8
inches of snow. Below 5000 feet, it looks likely mostly rain but
there could be some wet snow mixed in at times. The Continental
Divide and high valleys, while not seeing the brunt of this
storm, will also see some snowfall, generally in the 4 to 8 inch
range.

In addition to the rain and snow, there could also be a few strong
thunderstorms over the southeast plains Friday afternoon.  These
storms could produce wind gusts over 50 mph and hail up to the
size of dimes.

This forecast is currently very uncertain. Recent variability in
model solutions is lowering confidence levels. Future model runs
will be needed to fine tune snowfall amounts and snow levels.

Another storm is slated to track across the area late Monday
through Tuesday evening. This system looks progressive, moving
across the area quicker and farther to the north. But it also has
some colder air. Right now, it looks like the Continental Divide
will see the brunt of this storm with a brief period of snow
showers possible elsewhere.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters will be
possible this afternoon and evening along the Continental Divide.

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