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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
600 AM MDT Tue Mar 28 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-
600 AM MDT Tue Mar 28 2017

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

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

A moist spring storm system will track slowly east across central
New Mexico into Texas today through Wednesday. This system will
bring heavy amounts of snow to the eastern mountain ranges of
southern Colorado and lighter, more modest amounts to the western
mountain areas along the Continental Divide. It will also bring
heavy snow to elevations above 6500 feet across the plains,
including the Palmer Divide and the Raton Mesa areas. There may
even be some brief heavy, wet snow down to about 4500 feet by late
tonight with some light accumulations possible on grassy areas.

The snow will likely have a major impact on travel in the mountains
and along portions of the I-25 corridor starting late this afternoon
and continuing tonight.  Elevations above 6500 feet along the I-25
corridor could see major travel impacts, with lesser impacts below
6500 feet.  If possible, avoid traveling during the storm.  If you
must travel, leave early, travel slowing and don`t follow too close.
Carry winter survival gear such as food, water, extra clothes,
blankets, a shovel, flashlight, cell phone and portable charger.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday

Widespread rain and higher elevation snowfall will be ongoing across
South Central and Southeast Colorado early Wednesday morning, with
precipitation diminishing from northwest to southeast through Wednesday
afternoon.

The passing Spring storm system is expected to bring wet heavy
snowfall to the mountains, especially the Wet Mountains and Sangre
de Cristo Range where 1 to 2 feet of snow accumulation can be
expected by Wednesday afternoon, with locally higher amounts
possible. The higher elevations in the Pikes Peak region will
likely see 10 to 20 inches with the rest of the mountains and
higher valleys seeing snow accumulations around 5 to 10 inches.

Snow across the lower elevations will depend on how where the rain
snow line develops. Current temperatures profiles indicate snow
levels will fall to around 6000 feet by Wednesday morning over the
Palmer Divide, into the Colorado Springs area. Areas over Monument
Hill into northern Colorado Springs will likely see 5 to 10 inches
of snowfall by Wednesday afternoon. Locations under 5000 feet will
likely see all rain, including Pueblo.

Further south, heavy snow will be possible over the southern
Interstate 25 corridor. Expected heavy precipitation is forecast
to drive the snow level down to the surface, and combine with
upslope flow to produce prolonged moderate to heavy snowfall.
Current forecast amounts of 5 to 10 inches are expected, but more
may be possible, especially along and west of Interstate 25.

Another potentially significant Spring storm is forecast to
affect all of the region Friday through Sunday. This storm will
also have the potential to bring another round of heavy snow to
the mountains and the higher elevations on the Plains.

Thunderstorms, some possibly strong, will be possible on Friday
on the plains. Heavier rainfall across the lower elevations are
expected with another 1 to 2 inches possible. Rivers and streams
will need to be monitored. The active weather pattern looks to
continue into early next week.

Please stay abreast of the latest weather forecast during this
week as the weather is forecast to become quite active.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters will be
likely tonight at elevations above 6,000 feet.

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