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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
600 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

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 Thu Mar 23 2017

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

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Critical fire weather conditions will develop over the plains and
Interstate 25 corridor this afternoon and evening, with southwest
winds gusting to 40 mph and very low relative humidity producing
extremely critical fire weather conditions.

One or two strong to severe thunderstorms are possible late this
afternoon and into the evening along the Kansas border, with hail
up to half dollar size and wind gusts to 60 mph possible. Isolated
thunderstorms will also develop over the mountains today, with
lightning and wind gusts to 40 mph the main threats.

Snow will move into the Continental Divide today with 4 to 8
inches of snowfall likely by Friday morning. Gusty winds will
produce areas of blowing snow and difficult travel over high
mountain passes this afternoon and tonight.

A strong cold front will drop south through the plains late tonight
into Friday morning. Strong north winds at 35 to 45 mph, with
gusts in excess of 65 mph are likely. These winds will produce
hazardous travel conditions on east to west highways, especially
for high profile vehicles. In addition, winds may take down power
lines and trees, knock out power and cause property damage. Winds
are forecast to subside by Friday afternoon from west to east.

Snow will develop across the Palmer Divide late tonight, with
blizzard conditions possible after midnight. The very strong winds
will produce poor visibilities, snow covered roads and difficult
travel along Interstate 25 over Monument Hill and along Highway 24
between Colorado Springs and Limon. In addition, the strong winds
and heavy wet nature of the snowfall may produce power outages
and cause tree damage where spring leafing has occurred. Heavy
snow will also develop over the eastern mountains overnight, with
several inches of accumulation possible, especially above 10000

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Blizzard conditions will be possible across northern El Paso county
Friday morning. Travel across northern El Paso county will likely be
difficult at best due to the heavy, wet, wind-driven snow that is
forecast to occur. Winds gusts of 40 to 60 mph will be possible.
The overall strongest winds and heaviest snow will likely occur
across northeastern El Paso county Friday morning.

A period of heavy snow will be possible, especially Friday
morning, across all of the southern mountains, including the Wet
Mountain Valley, the Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristo
mountains. The heaviest snow will occur above 7000 feet.

Damaging winds, with gusts to 65 to 70 mph, will be possible across
all of the southeast plains throughout the day on Friday. The winds
will decrease slowly from west to east during the late afternoon
time period.

Rain mixed with snow will be possible across the higher
elevations of the Raton Mesa region on Friday.

Another pacific storm will affect all of the region Saturday night
into Sunday. This system has the potential to bring accumulating
snow to the mountains, and some light accumulations to the higher
elevations of the plains, especially areas above 6500 feet.

A third storm may affect the region midweek. There is still quite a
bit of disagreement on the storm track occuring to the computer
simulations. However, there is a chance of significant accumulating
snow for the mountains and possibly the higher elevations of the
plains during the midweek time period.


Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters will
be likely across the mountains and over the eastern plains near
the Kansas border today, then across all of south central and
southeast colorado tonight.



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