Washington County Hazardous Weather Outlook

…Heavy snow expected in the northern mountains late tonight
through Friday night…

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

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Gusty west to northwest winds can also be expected in the
mountains, foothills this afternoon with speeds up to 35 mph. An
increasing northwesterly flow aloft will develop tonight with
stronger winds developing in the mountains above timberline. Snow
will increase in coverage and intensity after midnight across the
northern mountains, especially around Rabbit Ears Pass.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Thursday through Tuesday

Mountain snow will continue increasing in intensity Thursday,
with heavy snow occurring off and on through Friday. 1 to 3 feet
of snow is expected with the heaviest amounts along northwest
facing slopes. Strong gusty winds up to 60 mph at times will
create blowing and drifting snow producing low visibilities so
travel could be difficult to impossible. Winds will also cause
wind chill temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees below zero. Travelers
and outdoor enthusiasts should be prepared and traveling with
emergency kits.

There will be a good chance of snow over the plains Thursday
night and Friday with localized bands of heavy snowfall possible.
Temperatures will be below normal through Friday with slightly
warmer readings for the weekend. Another storm system could bring
snow to the mountains on Sunday with a slight chance of snow
spreading onto the northeast plains of Colorado by Monday.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight.

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