Colorado Winter Storm March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

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.A winter storm centered over southeastern Colorado will continue
to intensify through this afternoon. This will produce very
strong winds and areas of heavy snow. Rain has already changed to
snow over the I-25 urban corridor, and rain will change to snow
over the plains during early to middle afternoon. Blizzard
conditions will develop quickly through the early afternoon. Near
zero visibilities are expected with wind gusts of up to 80 mph and
up to a foot of snow on the plains east of a line from Greeley to
Denver International Airport.
In areas closer to the mountains, there will be less snow, but a
period of very heavy snow and strong winds is likely during the
day today that will likely create near blizzard conditions for a
while. Strong winds will continue to create blizzard conditions on
the plains overnight tonight. Closer to the mountains, there will
be some improvement but still enough wind for some drifting snow
and continued difficult travel. Much of the northern Colorado
mountains will also see heavy snow and windy conditions today,
especially near the Wyoming border.
Travelers across the Colorado mountains and eastern plains should
consider canceling travel plans today, as conditions will
deteriorate quickly during the late morning or early afternoon.
Be aware that if you travel today, you could become stranded or
have a very difficult time returning this afternoon. Road closures
can be expected, especially on the eastern plains and near the
Wyoming border, but possibly also along the I- 25 corridor during
the peak of the storm later today. Residents should also be
prepared for power outages from the very strong winds.


* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations
of 6 to 12 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph.
The heaviest snow and strongest winds will be east of
Interstate 25.

* WHERE...Greeley, Denver and Castle Rock.

* WHEN...From 10 AM this morning to midnight MDT tonight.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will become very difficult by
afternoon. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce
visibility. Very strong winds could cause tree damage and
power outages.

Recommended actions

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Keeping you protected.




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