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Fast moving storm system to bring hazardous winds to northeastern Colorado

The northeastern Colorado weather outlook for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The northeastern Colorado weather outlook for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Denver Weather Examiner

Lower elevations of Colorado including Denver will see a significant change from the mild weather of just 24 hours ago. A strong storm system and cold front will be moving in today bringing with it strong winds will have the potential to cause issues.

Here in the Mile High City we will have mostly cloudy skies above today before seeing some clearly in the late evening. Temperatures are going to be nearly 30 degrees colder than yesterday with a forecast high Tuesday of only 42 degrees.

Winds will be increasing in speed and by late morning gusts from the north-northeast of 45 mph will be possible. There is a slight chance we will see some light snow during the day although accumulations, if any at all, will be minimal.

The real story with today’s weather will be occurring outside the Denver metro area.

Winds will be far stronger to our east and a High Wind Warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. for all of the plains just east of Denver. Gusts to 65 mph will be possible.

To the southeast, a rare Dust Storm Warning is in effect as the powerful winds are expected to pick up dirt and dust and limit visibility.

Travel on the eastern plains should most likely be avoided today if at all possible.

Snow will be more likely along the Palmer Divide, the northern border with Wyoming and the far northeastern plains. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for those locations where 2 to 4 inches of snow coupled with strong winds and blowing snow will be possible.

Drier and warmer weather return tomorrow and will last through Friday.

See the image for today’s northeastern Colorado outlook and get a look at current conditions here.

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