Hazardous Weather Outlook
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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
547 AM MST Sun Feb 18 2018

Western Mosquito Range/East Lake County Above 11000 Feet-
Leadville Vicinity/Lake County Below 11000 Feet-
Eastern Sawatch Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Western Chaffee County Between 9000 and 11000 Feet-
Central Chaffee County Below 9000 Feet-
Western Mosquito Range/East Chaffee County Above 9000 Feet-
Saguache County West of Continental Divide Below 10000 Feet-
Saguache County East of Continental Divide Below 10000 Feet-
La Garita Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Upper Rio Grande Valley/Eastern San Juan Mountains Below
10000 Feet-Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Del Norte Vicinity/Northern San Luis Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Alamosa  Vicinity/Central San Luis Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Southern San Luis Valley-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 8500 And 11000 Feet-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 7500 and 11000 Feet-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Northwestern Fremont County Above 8500 Feet-
Western/Central Fremont County Below 8500 Feet-
Wet Mountain Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Wet Mountains between 6300 and 10000 Feet-
Wet Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Teller County/Rampart Range Above 7500 Feet/Pikes Peak Between
7500 And 11000 Feet-Pikes Peak Above 11000 Feet-
Canon City Vicinity/Eastern Fremont County-
Northern El Paso County/Monument Ridge/Rampart Range Below
7500 Feet-
Colorado Springs Vicinity/Southern El Paso County/Rampart Range
Below 7400 Feet-Pueblo Vicinity/Pueblo County Below 6300 Feet-
Walsenburg Vicinity/Upper Huerfano River Basin Below 7500 Feet-
Trinidad Vicinity/Western Las Animas County Below 7500 Feet-
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-
547 AM MST Sun Feb 18 2018

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

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Strong downslope winds are possible, especially through 8 AM this
morning over portions of the eastern mountains, spreading east
into the Interstate 25 corridor. Winds over the higher elevations
will see gusts in excess of 75 mph, while lower elevations see
gusts near 60 mph. Winds will subside through noon today.

High fire danger is expected this afternoon due to gusty winds, low
humidity values and dry fuels.  Humidity values will fall to near 10
percent, while winds will range in the 30 to 40 mph range.

Snow will develop along the Continental Divide overnight tonight.
The heaviest snow will fall over the San Juan Range, while areas to
the north over the La Garita Range into the Central Mountains see
lesser amounts.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday

Snow, heavy at times, will continue in the mountains through
Tuesday morning. Winds gusting to 60 mph will cause widespread
blowing and drifting snow and poor visibilities through the
mountain passes. The heaviest snow will fall over the eastern San
Juan Mountains where up to 2 feet of snow is expected by Tuesday
morning. The La Garita, eastern Sawatch and Mosquito Ranges
farther north could see up to a foot of snow with locally higher
amounts possible. The higher terrain of the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains and Pikes Peak could see 4 to 8 inches of snow.

Across the valleys and plains, amounts will be much less. The San
Luis valley could see an inch or 2 of snow. The Upper Arkansas and
Wet Mountain Valleys could see maybe an inch of snow. The plains,
particularly over the Pikes Peak Region, could see some snow showers
move across Monday night into early Tuesday. However, any accumulations
should be pretty spotty and light, generally coming in well under
an inch.

Very strong winds will continue across the region on Monday. In
and near the mountains, gusts of 50 to 60 mph will be possible.
Farther from the mountains, gusts of 40-50 mph are expected.

Another weather system could impact the region late in the week,
bringing another chance of snow to the area. However, details of
the storm are very uncertain at this time due to a high level of
variability in models.


Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters
possible through tonight across all of southern Colorado.



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