Hazardous Weather: Frigid Temperatures and Snow Predicted Throughout Colorado

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The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Windchill Advisory for North East and North Central Colorado.


.Several rounds of snow and blowing snow will occur in the mountains
over the next several days, some of which will be heavy.

The first round of snow this morning will taper off by afternoon.
Then, another round will develop in the mountains tonight and
increase through Friday and Friday night. That will combine with
strong winds gusts of 50 to 70 mph above timberline to produce
widespread blowing and drifting snow, poor visibility, and dangerous
travel conditions.

While the snow may taper off later Saturday, another round of
heavier snow is likely to develop Saturday night and continue
through Sunday.

On the plains, arctic cold will settle across the area Friday night
into Saturday, with dangerously cold wind chill readings expected to
last all the way through Tuesday morning. This will be an extended
cold snap, resulting in a heightened risk of frostbite and
hypothermia for people with prolonged outdoor exposure, and an
increased burden on outdoor animals.

Periods of light snow in lower elevations starting Friday night will
lead to slick roads at times through this weekend.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for Fort Collins shows a 30 percent chance of snow after 11 am on Friday. During the day, NWS predicts it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values are forecsted as low as -6. Wind is forecasted at 13 to 18 mph, increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.
National Weather Service Colorado Winter Weather, January 11, 2024 (Graphic courtesy National Weather Service)
Friday evening, there is a 50 percent chance of snow. NWS says it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values will be as low as -19. The forecast says there will be a North-Northwest wind of 10 to 16 mph, becoming east-northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. A new snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.
The NWS has also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with extended predictions modeling heavy snow in the mountains and frigid temperatures for the next week.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
327 AM MST Thu Jan 11 2024

Jackson County Below 9000 Feet-
West Jackson and West Grand Counties Above 9000 Feet-
Grand and Summit Counties Below 9000 Feet-
South and East Jackson/Larimer/North and Northeast Grand/
Northwest Boulder Counties Above 9000 Feet-
South and Southeast Grand/West Central and Southwest Boulder/
Gilpin/Clear Creek/Summit/North and West Park Counties Above
9000 Feet-Larimer and Boulder Counties Between 6000 and 9000 Feet-
Jefferson and West Douglas Counties Above 6000 Feet/Gilpin/Clear
Creek/Northeast Park Counties Below 9000 Feet-
Central and Southeast Park County-
Larimer County Below 6000 Feet/Northwest Weld County-
Boulder And Jefferson Counties Below 6000 Feet/West Broomfield
North Douglas County Below 6000 Feet/Denver/West Adams and
Arapahoe Counties/East Broomfield County-
Elbert/Central and East Douglas Counties Above 6000 Feet-
Northeast Weld County-Central and South Weld County-Morgan County-
Central and East Adams and Arapahoe Counties-
North and Northeast Elbert County Below 6000 Feet/North Lincoln
Southeast Elbert County Below 6000 Feet/South Lincoln County-
Logan County-Washington County-Sedgwick County-Phillips County-
327 AM MST Thu Jan 11 2024


This hazardous weather outlook is for northeast and north central

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Snow in the mountains will taper off to light snow showers by this
afternoon. Additional accumulations this morning will range from
1 to 3 inches. In the lower elevations, areas of light snow or
flurries can be expected, with the highest chance of snow over the
northeast plains and across the Palmer Divide.

It will turn breezy and colder behind a cold front this morning.
High temperatures will range from the upper teens through mid 20s
over most of the plains, and between 5 and 20 over the majority of
the mountains and high mountain valleys.

Snow will increase again in the mountains tonight, with hazardous
travel conditions due to snow covered roads and blowing snow.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through Wednesday

Colder air arrives extending to the foothills and plains this
weekend. Multiple rounds of light snow and little warming should
lead to highs in the single digits both Saturday and Sunday. Wind
chill readings during this period will be dangerously cold, with
frostbite potential on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

For the mountains and valleys, light to moderate snowfall
continues through early next week with two periods of heaviest
snowfall occurring Friday night and Sunday morning. Hazardous
travel conditions of blowing snow could occur especially along
mountain passes due to wind gusts up to 50-65 mph both Friday and


Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight, but any
mountain snowfall reports will be appreciated.

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