Washington County Hazardous Weather Outlook

…MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE AREA BY NOON WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING…

…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS…

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

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

A strong spring storm system will bring heavy snow to the
mountains east of the divide, the foothills and plains.
Precipitation will begin as rain over the plains this morning,
but a strong cold surge should change it over to snow around noon,
and north winds will increase dramatically with gusts to 50 mph
across the plains. This will create hazardous conditions for
traveling and outdoor activities. The wet heavy snow this
afternoon will likely create mostly slush on roads, however some
areas will receive snowfall rates near 2 inches an hour, which
would result in accumulating snow, along with extremely low
visibility. The heaviest snowfall amounts will be found along the
Front Range mountains and foothills, mainly east of the divide,
where 8 to 18 inches will fall. Moderate snow amounts of 3 to 8
inches are expected across the plains with localized areas of
heavy snow, especially the Palmer Divide. Precipitation will
decrease quickly in the evening with cold overnight lows in the
teens to single digits.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through Wednesday

Light snow can be expected in the mountains Friday and Friday
evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday, and Monday
afternoon through Wednesday. Over the plains, there will be a
chance of light snow Friday afternoon, Saturday night, Tuesday
afternoon and evening, then again Wednesday and Wednesday night.
None of these periods of snowfall will likely produce significant
accumulations.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight, however
snowfall reports, as well as wind and visibility reports will be
greatly appreciated.

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