Elbert/Central and East Douglas Counties Above 6000 Feet
Alerts in Effect
Winter Storm WatchIssued at 15:58 Wednesday 22 March 2017
A spring storm will bring much needed precipitation to northeast
and north central Colorado. Precipitation is expected to develop
across the forecast area on Thursday. Decent snowfall is possible
over the mountains, foothills and Palmer Ridge Thursday night into
Friday morning. Hazardous driving conditions will develop in
these areas.The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Winter Storm
Watch in effect from late Thursday evening through Friday
* TIMING...Snow will increase in intensity over the mountains,
southern foothills and Palmer Ridge late Thursday evening into
Friday morning. The heaviest snowfall is likely from just after
midnight Thursday night to just after dawn Friday morning.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...7 to 15 inches over the high mountains and
southern foothills with 6 to 11 inches over the Palmer Ridge.
Snowfall rates up to two inches per hour are possible in the
mountains and southern foothills early Friday morning.
* WIND/VISIBILITY...Northerly winds are expected at 30 mph with
gusts to 45 mph over the Palmer Ridge late Thursday night and
Friday morning. Speeds will be much lighter in the mountains and
foothills with gusts up to 20 mph at best. Visibilities could be
under one quarter of a mile in the windiest areas.
* IMPACTS...Heavy snow, strong winds and poor visibilities will
create hazardous winter driving conditions. Roads will be icy
and snow packed.
High Wind WatchIssued at 16:19 Wednesday 22 March 2017
The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a High Wind
Watch, which is in effect from Friday morning through Friday
* TIMING...Strong north winds are expected from Friday morning
through later afternoon.
* WINDS...North winds at 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are
* IMPACTS...Very strong and gusty winds may cause damage to trees
and power lines and disrupt power. Drivers of light weight and
high profile vehicles are especially susceptible to sudden and
erratic cross winds.
* In addition...the strong winds over the Palmer Ridge may be
accompany by snow Friday morning. Blowing snow can create
significantly reduced visibilities causing hazardous driving