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Winter Storm Approaching S.E. Colorado

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WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO

8:01 PM MST FRI JAN 13 2017

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH MONDAY MORNING…

* LOCATION…KIOWA…BENT…PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES…INCLUDING
EADS…LAS ANIMAS…LAMAR AND SPRINGFIELD.

* CAUSE AND TIMING…A PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING A WINTRY MIX OF
FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW TO THE PLAINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO
MONDAY MORNING.

* ICE ACCUMULATION…UP TO A QUARTER INCH WITH THE HEAVIEST
AMOUNTS NEAR KANSAS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* WIND…GENERALLY EAST TO NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACT…TRAVEL MAY BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS DUE TO FREEZING
RAIN…SNOW…POOR VISIBILITIES AND ICY…SNOW COVERED ROADS.
TRAVEL COULD BECOME ESPECIALLY TREACHEROUS IN AREAS OF ICE
BUILDUP. ICE ACCUMULATION COULD TAKE DOWN POWER LINES RESULTING
IN OUTAGES AND ELECTRICAL HAZARDS. TREES AND PROPERTY MAY BE
DAMAGED BY THE HEAVY WEIGHT OF THE ICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR FOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. IF THIS WATCH IS
UPGRADED TO A WARNING…YOU SHOULD POSTPONE OR REROUTE TRAVEL IF
POSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…LEAVE EARLY…TRAVEL SLOWLY AND
KEEP PLENTY OF STOPPING DISTANCE AROUND YOUR VEHICLE. CARRY WINTER
SURVIVAL GEAR SUCH AS FOOD…WATER…BLANKETS…EXTRA CLOTHES…A
SHOVEL…FLASHLIGHT…PHONE AND PORTABLE CHARGER.

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