Hazardous Weather Outlook
FLUS45 KPUB 172346

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
446 PM MST Sat Feb 17 2018

Western Mosquito Range/East Lake County Above 11000 Feet-
Leadville Vicinity/Lake County Below 11000 Feet-
Eastern Sawatch Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Western Chaffee County Between 9000 and 11000 Feet-
Central Chaffee County Below 9000 Feet-
Western Mosquito Range/East Chaffee County Above 9000 Feet-
Saguache County West of Continental Divide Below 10000 Feet-
Saguache County East of Continental Divide Below 10000 Feet-
La Garita Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Upper Rio Grande Valley/Eastern San Juan Mountains Below
10000 Feet-Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Del Norte Vicinity/Northern San Luis Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Alamosa  Vicinity/Central San Luis Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Southern San Luis Valley-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 8500 And 11000 Feet-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 7500 and 11000 Feet-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Feet-
Northwestern Fremont County Above 8500 Feet-
Western/Central Fremont County Below 8500 Feet-
Wet Mountain Valley Below 8500 Feet-
Wet Mountains between 6300 and 10000 Feet-
Wet Mountains Above 10000 Feet-
Teller County/Rampart Range Above 7500 Feet/Pikes Peak Between
7500 And 11000 Feet-Pikes Peak Above 11000 Feet-
Canon City Vicinity/Eastern Fremont County-
Northern El Paso County/Monument Ridge/Rampart Range Below
7500 Feet-
Colorado Springs Vicinity/Southern El Paso County/Rampart Range
Below 7400 Feet-Pueblo Vicinity/Pueblo County Below 6300 Feet-
Walsenburg Vicinity/Upper Huerfano River Basin Below 7500 Feet-
Trinidad Vicinity/Western Las Animas County Below 7500 Feet-
Crowley County-La Junta Vicinity/Otero County-
Eastern Las Animas County-Western Kiowa County-
Eastern Kiowa County-Las Animas Vicinity/Bent County-
Lamar Vicinity/Prowers County-Springfield Vicinity/Baca County-
446 PM MST Sat Feb 17 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of central...east
central...south central and southeast Colorado.

.DAY ONE...Tonight

Strong and damaging downslope winds are expected to develop over
and along with lee slopes of Sangre de Cristo and Wet Mountains,
and the Rampart Range, later tonight and into Sunday morning.
Westerly winds over the high elevations could see gusts up to 80
mph, while winds along the lee slopes generally west of Interstate
25, could see gusts up to 65 mph.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday

Critical fire weather conditions are expected to occur from late
Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon across all of the southeast
plains and Fremont county. Near critical fire weather conditions
will be possible once again on Monday, mainly across the Southern
I-25 Corridor into southern portions of Baca County.

Heavy snow and blowing snow will affect the mountains from Sunday
night into Tuesday. The heaviest snow will occur across the
Southwest Mountains, with 8 to 14 inches expected for the Eastern
San Juan Mountains, along with localized amounts up to 20 inches
in favored southwest facing slopes. The lower Rio Grande Valley
will see snowfall of 3 to 6 inches, with the La Garita Mountains,
the Eastern Sawatch Mountains and the Mosquito Range seeing snowfall
of 4 to 9 inches, with local amounts up to a foot. In addition to
the snow, gusty west to southwest winds up to 50 mph will create
difficult travel conditions across the higher mountain passes
Monday and Monday night, in blowing and drifting snow.

Further east, strong and damaging downslope winds will be possible
across the Southern Mountains Sunday night into early Monday
morning, with snow spreading across the high mountain valleys
through the Eastern Mountains and Plains Monday night and
Tuesday. Snow accumulations across the these areas is expected to
be light.

Another Pacific storm will affect the region late in the week.


Weather conditions that meet reporting criteria for spotters is
expected tonight over the higher elevations and lee slopes west
of Interstate 25.



NWS PUB Office Hazardous Weather Outlook