Hazardous Weather Outlook
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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
537 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 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-
537 AM MDT Sat Mar 17 2018

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 are expected over most of the
eastern mountains and plains today.  These conditions will first
develop over the I-25 corridor south of Pueblo during the late
morning hours and then spread northward through the mid and late
afternoon hours.  Gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels will
result in the potential for extreme fire behavior.  Outdoor burning
or any other activities that could accidentally start a wildfire
should be postponed today.

Clouds will lower and thicken along the Continental Divide tonight
with snow showers developing toward morning.  Spotty accumulations
less than an inch will be possible by sunrise.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday

Snow is expected to increase in coverage and intensity across the
Continental Divide Sunday morning and afternoon, with snow continuing
into Sunday night before diminishing by early Monday morning.
Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with locally higher amounts
up to a foot, can be expected across the Southwest and Central
Mountains by early Monday morning. In addition, gusty westerly
winds will cause hazardous travel across the higher mountain
passes through Sunday night in areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Rain and snow showers will spread across the high mountain valleys
through the Eastern Mountains Sunday afternoon, with rain and snow
showers continuing across the far southeast Plains Sunday night.
Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches will be possible across the
higher terrain and along the Palmer Divide by early Monday morning,
with local accumulations of a few inches possible across the rest
of the area. In addition to the showers, gusty north to northwest
winds of 25 to 45 mph are expected to develop across the I-25
Corridor late Sunday afternoon, with the strong winds spreading
south and east across all of the Southeast Plains through Sunday
night. These strong winds will create hazardous travel conditions
across portions of the Southeast Plains, especially for travelers
across the Palmer Divide Sunday night, with areas of blowing and
drifting snow.

Another round of generally light accumulating snow will be possible
across the Continental Divide later Thursday and Friday.


Weather spotters will not be needed today or tonight.



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