Washington County Hazardous Weather Outlook

…Winter Weather Advisory for the Northern Mountains this
afternoon through Saturday afternoon…
…High Wind Warning in effect for the mountains, foothills and
northeast plains tonight through Saturday afternoon…

This hazardous weather outlook is for northeast and north central
Colorado.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Areas of dense fog will diminish later this morning, mainly from
Denver north and east to the Wyoming and Nebraska borders.
Visibilities could be reduced to less than a quarter mile at times.
Snow and wind will increase in the mountains and foothills this
afternoon and tonight. Storm totals of 4 to 8 inches will be
possible over the northern mountains with up to 12 inches around
Rabbit Ears Pass. Areas of blowing and drifting snow could
significantly reduce visibility and make travel difficult over the
high mountain passes.

Across lower elevations, thundersnow will be possible late this
afternoon which could impact the evening commute, with a quick
burst of 1 to 2 inches of snow as it moves across the northeast
plains of Colorado, including the Denver metro area. By this
evening, intense winds in and near the Front Range mountains and
foothills. Peak wind gusts to 80 mph can be expected. The strong
winds will continue into Saturday and may create blowing and
drifting snow.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday

Strong winds will continue over the Front Range Mountains and
foothills early Saturday morning, affecting the windprone areas
of the western suburbs as well, gusting to 65 to 85 mph, lasting
through the day. These northwest winds will then spread onto the
northeast plains later in the morning, gusting up to 65 mph
through the day. Blowing and drifting snow is likely, even from
last Tuesday’s snow on the ground. High profile vehicles will be
in danger of blowing over, especially along north-south oriented
roads.

Those with plans to travel Saturday should delay and alter them
due to the expected strong winds and blowing snow.

The weather will warm up and dry out Sunday and Monday, with some
light snow expected over the mountains Monday night into Tuesday.
Winds won’t be as strong as Saturday, but will remain breezy over
the mountains. Another weak system will bring light snow to the
mountains Wednesday night into Thursday.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight but reports
of fog, snow and strong winds would be greatly appreciated.

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