Washington County Hazardous Weather Outlook

…STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH
SATURDAY…

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

.DAY ONE…This Afternoon and Tonight

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect in the north central
Colorado mountains from today through 11 PM MST Saturday night.
Pacific moisture being brought into the state by a strong jet
stream aloft will continue producing snow in the mountains through
today and tonight. Snow will be decreasing this afternoon and this
evening, before snowfall rates increase rapidly after midnight.
Could see 1 to 1.5 inches per hour fall after midnight. Accumulations
of 3 to 8 inches of new snow are expected to fall today and
another 5 to 10 inches may fall tonight before sunrise. Strong
winds will also continue over higher elevations and passes with
gusts as high as 60 MPH at times. Blowing and drifting snow will
reduce visibilities and could make travel difficult. Snow
accumulations will be lighter in the valleys of Grand and Jackson
counties. Travel in the mountains through this weekend is expected
to be adversely impacted.

Avalanche danger is considerable to high due to the wind loading
of snow. Backcountry enthusiasts should check the local avalanche
forecast before planning to go out.

On the plains, windy conditions are expected to develop as the
strong flow over the state is mixed down to the surface. West to
northwest winds are expected to increase to 30 to 40 MPH by this
afternoon along with some higher gusts at times. The gusty winds
may produce some patches of blowing dust at times. Winds will
decrease during the evening.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday

Moderate to heavy snowfall will be ongoing Saturday morning and
will last through late Saturday evening in the mountains. Travel
will be hazardous due to snow rates between one to two inches per
hour along with blowing snow and gusty winds. The plains and urban
corridor will see a chance for light snow but little or no accumulation
is expected Saturday.

Another system will move through Colorado during the day on Sunday
lasting through Sunday night. This system will bring moderate snow
mainly to the central and southern mountains of Colorado while the
far northern mountains will see light amounts. Light to moderate
snow will fall across the urban corridor and plains with heavier
amounts farther south. Amounts across the Denver metro will be
between 1-4 inches.

There are no hazardous weather conditions expected Monday through
Thursday.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Snowfall reports from spotters will be appreciated.

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