Special Weather Statement
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Special Weather Statement...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Pueblo Co
900 AM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

COZ058>089-093>099-230300-
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-
INCLUDING Climax, Leadville, Bonanza, Alpine, Granite, St Elmo,
Salida, Buena Vista, Sargents, North Pass, South Fork, Creede,
Cumbres Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, Center, Del Norte, Alamosa,
Monte Vista, Manassa, La Jara, Antonito, Sanford, San Luis,
Fort Garland, Blanca, La Veta Pass, Poncha Pass, Blanca Peak,
Cuchara, Stonewall, Weston, Spanish Peaks, Coaldale, Cotopaxi,
Hillside, Howard, Swissvale, Texas Creek, Silver Cliff,
Westcliffe, Rye, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, Canon City, Penrose,
Black Forest, Colorado Springs, Peterson AFB, Pueblo, Walsenburg,
Trinidad, Ordway, Olney Springs, La Junta, Rocky Ford, Branson,
Kim, Eads, Sheridan Lake, Las Animas, Lamar, Springfield,
and Walsh
900 AM MDT Wed Mar 22 2017

...High Impact Storm Possible Thursday Night Into Friday...

A majority of long range computer model simulations indicate that
a vigorous Pacific storm will move across southern Colorado
Thursday night through Friday. This system will have the potential
to bring a variety of high impact weather to the area from
this afternoon into Friday night.

This weather system will begin to affect the region today as very
warm, dry and windy conditions develop over the plains, especially
the southern Interstate 25 corridor. This will elevate Fire
Danger across the area.

On Thursday, as the storm nears, dry and very windy conditions
will once again develop over much of the plains increasing the
fire danger over the lower elevations. In addition to the high
fire danger, there will be a chance for one or two severe storms
to develop over eastern Colorado, especially near the Kansas
border.

Over the Continental Divide region, snow will develop Thursday
and last into Friday. Areas of heavy snow will be likely. The
heaviest snow will fall across the San Juans Thursday night with
the heavy snow developing over the central mountains by early
Friday morning and lasting through the day.

As the storm center tracks east of the Rockies Thursday night, a
surface low is forecast to rapidly intensify over southeast
Colorado and drop southeastward. As this low intensifies, strong
northerly winds will develop over eastern Colorado Thursday night
and last into Friday. Heavy precipitation is forecast to develop
over all of the Pikes Peak region, and this will likely be in the
form of snow and blowing snow, especially for elevations above
6500 feet. This could lead to significant travel impacts over
Monument Hill Thursday night through Friday. Depending on the
track of the storm, heavy snow will be possible along the Wet
Mountains, Wet Mountain Valley region and the Sangre de Cristos
late Thursday night into Friday. Snow and blowing snow may affect
the Raton Mesa region during the day on Friday.

Over the lower elevations of the plains, areas of rain are
expected on Friday. The rain may mix with or even change to wet
snow at times, particularly west of La Junta. Strong north winds
will likely gust in excess of 50 mph on Friday resulting in strong
crosswinds on east west oriented roadways.

Those in Colorado should keep a close eye on the weather
forecasts during the next several days, especially if you have
travel plans. How this storm impacts the region will be dependent
on the exact track of the storm system which is still vulnerable
to change over the next 24 hours.


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