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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
333 PM 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-
333 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

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

.DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight

Critical fire weather conditions will continue over the plains
and Interstate 25 corridor through this evening, with southwest
winds gusting 40 to 50 mph and very low relative humidity
producing extremely critical fire weather conditions. Any outdoor
burning should be postponed until another day.

One or two strong to severe thunderstorms may be possible over
Baca County through 6 pm. Large hail and damaging winds would be
the primary threat before storms move east into western Kansas.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible over the mountain areas
through this evening with lightning being the primary threat.

Snow will continue along the Continental Divide through tonight
with 4 to 8 inches likely by Friday morning. Gusty winds will
produce areas of blowing snow and difficult travel conditions over
high mountain passes through tonight.

A strong cold front will drop south across the Plains late tonight
into Friday morning. Very strong northerly winds of 35 to 45 mph,
with gusts exceeding 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.

Snow is expected to develop over the Palmer Divide late tonight
with blizzard conditions expected through the morning commute. The
very strong winds will produce poor visibilities, snow covered
roads and difficult travel along Interstate 25 over Monument Hill
and 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. Snow accumulations of 8 to 10 inches are possible
through Friday morning over the Palmer Divide.

There is less confidence in snow accumulations over southern El
Paso County where the rain and snow line will exist. Current
thinking is that snow will likely remain above 6000 feet over
Colorado Springs, with a tight gradient of snow, from none on the
south end of the city, with 5 to 6 inches on the north end.

Snow is also expected over the Eastern Mountains and Raton Ridge
areas including the Southern Interstate 25 corridor late tonight
into Friday morning. Mountain areas will likely see 4 to 8 inches
of snowfall, while the lower elevations of the Raton may see 1 to
3 inches. Snow in this area will depend on the rain snow line as
well, with confidence not as high in how much will fall.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Blizzard conditions will continue 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.
Winds gusts of 50 to 65 mph will be possible. The overall
strongest winds and heaviest snow will subside through the late
morning hours into the early afternoon.

Periods of heavy snow will be possible 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, with less snowfall over the Raton

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.

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 Baca County through this
evening, then across all of south central and southeast Colorado
overnight tonight.



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