HIGH WIND WARNING
Issue Date: 1212 PM MST Wed Dec 12 2018
Expiration: 0315 GMT 13 2018
...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM
* LOCATION...El Paso, Pueblo, Crowley and Kiowa counties.
* CAUSE AND TIMING...This evening into early Thursday morning.
* WIND...25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph
* IMPACT...Travel will be difficult due to the strong winds.
Minor damage will be possible. Loose Christmas decorations
should be secured. Strong cross winds could produce hazardous
travel conditions on East to West Highways.
* Additional information...The strongest winds in Pueblo county
will occur generally along and east of I-25.
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
Issue Date: 553 AM MST Wed Dec 12 2018
Expiration: 1300 GMT 13 2018
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of central...east
central...south central and southeast Colorado.
.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight
A powerful cold front will move across the plains late this
afternoon and early this evening, bringing strong winds to the
region, especially east of I-25. North winds this evening and
overnight will range from 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph,
and a few gusts over 60 mph will be possible across eastern El Paso,
Otero, Crowley, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, Baca and eastern Las Animas
Snow will occur across the mountains, especially the Central
mountains, beginning late this afternoon, then ending late this
evening. Three to 6 inches of snow will be possible over the higher
peaks of the central mountains, with lesser amounts across the
remainder of the interior mountains. Wind gusts to 25 to 40 mph will
cause blowing and drifting snow.
Snow will spread across the Palmer Divide early this evening, then
over the Raton Mesa and Spanish Peaks later this evening and
overnight. One to two inches of wind driven snow could occur over
the Palmer Divide, and 2 to 4 inches of wind driven snow will be
possible across the Raton Mesa and southern I-25 corridor. Slightly
heavier snow will be possible over the southern Sangre de Cristo
mountains, where 3 to 6 inches of accumulation may occur by sunrise
on Thursday. People traveling along the I-25 corridor this evening
and overnight should be prepared for the possibility of difficult
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday
Strong winds will persist across the eastern Colorado plains for
much of the day Thursday. Winds will gust close to 60 mph in
eastern Las Animas and Baca Counties Thursday morning, and up to
45 mph elsewhere across the plains, mainly east of the I-25
corridor. The gusty winds will decrease during the afternoon from
northwest to southeast.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters will be
possible over the mountains from late this afternoon into tonight,
and along the I-25 corridor and across all of the southeast
You may want to see if there are any Special Weather Statements