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Winter Storm Watch Remains in Effect from Late Friday Night Through Sunday

 

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Hazardous Weather Outlook – National Weather Service Pueblo CO

859 AM MDT Friday, April 28, 2017

(The City of Lamar is still planning the City-Wide Clean-Up Day tomorrow, Saturday,  starting at 7:00 am.  If safety becomes a concern, then it will be rescheduled but for now it is still a go.)

* LOCATION…Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca  Counties.

* CAUSE AND TIMING…A strengthening storm system will move  across southern Colorado and New Mexico Tonight through   Saturday night, spreading a potentially prolonged period of   moderate to heavy snow and gusty winds across the area.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…6 inches or more with heavier amounts of  up to a foot possible south of highway 50.

* WIND…north to northeast winds 20 to 40 mph.

* IMPACT…Snow and blowing snow is expected to create dangerous  travel conditions at times, especially south of highway 50. In   addition, heavy wet snow will be capable of producing tree and powerline damage.

A vigorous storm system is expected to impact the region with snow, heavy at times, in combination with gusty north winds from Saturday into Sunday morning. Numerous winter weather warnings, advisories and watches have been issued for southern Colorado. Although the storm track is uncertain, particularly as it lifts northeastward into the central plains on Sunday, some preliminary snowfall estimates are for 6 to 12 inches for the central mountains, Pikes Peak and northern El Paso county, with 4 to 8 inches and locally up to 1 foot for the southwest mountains. The San Luis Valley could see 2 to 4 inches with up to 6 inches along the valley edges, particularly in the southern portions of the valley. However, the heaviest snowfall amounts will impact the Wet Mountains and Sangre De Cristo Mountains where 8 to 15 inches will be possible with locally up to 2 feet possible along the northeast facing slopes. The southern I-25 corridor and Northern Raton Mesa region will see between 8 and 14 inches.

Considerable uncertainty remains concerning snowfall totals for the southeast plains from Pueblo eastward to the Kansas border. Temperatures on Saturday will hover around or slightly above freezing, and residual warmth in ground and pavement surfaces may lead to some melting at times. However the potential for heavy snowfall rates, along with strong north winds gusting to 40 mph may lead to downed tree limbs and power lines due to snow loading.  Travel may also be adversely impacted due to poor visibilities in blowing snow along with slushy or snow covered road surfaces at times. And the potential exists for this to be a prolonged event with the storm now advertised to depart Sunday morning. Overall

snowfall amounts of 6 inches or more will be possible across the plains with the heaviest amounts south of highway 50. Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts, warnings and advisories for the latest information.

Colder air with this storm will also lead to below freezing temperatures across most of southern Colorado this weekend. If you have tender vegetation outside make plans to bring them indoors or protect them.

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