Current Look at Colorado Weather Watches/Warnings for Weekend Storm

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It’s a busy day for meteorologists in Colorado today as we have had a slew of weather watches, warnings and advisories issued this afternoon. Everything from Winter Weather to High Fire Danger is expected from this afternoon through Monday.

Latest Winter Weather Watches/Warnings

**Winter Storm Watch**

Timing

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT

Cities/Areas Included

FORT COLLINS...HEREFORD...LOVELAND...
NUNN...ARVADA...BOULDER...GOLDEN...LAKEWOOD...LONGMONT...AURORA...
BRIGHTON...CITY OF DENVER...DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...
HIGHLANDS RANCH...LITTLETON...PARKER...CASTLE ROCK...ELBERT...
FONDIS...KIOWA...LARKSPUR...EATON...FORT LUPTON...GREELEY...
ROGGEN

Snowfall

ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 14 INCHES WILL BE
  POSSIBLE BY SUNDAY MORNING. THE HIGH DENSITY SNOW WILL TEND TO
  SETTLE AS IT ACCUMULATES...SO THAT SNOW DEPTHS COULD REMAIN LESS
  THAN 8 INCHES.

Impacts

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
**Winter Storm Warning**

Timing

In effect from April 15, 12:00 PM MDT until April 17, 06:00 AM MDT

Cities/Areas Included

CAMERON PASS...
LARAMIE AND MEDICINE BOW MOUNTAINS...RABBIT EARS RANGE...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK...WILLOW CREEK PASS...
BERTHOUD PASS...BRECKENRIDGE...EAST SLOPES MOSQUITO RANGE...
EAST SLOPES SOUTHERN GORE RANGE...EISENHOWER TUNNEL...
INDIAN PEAKS...KENOSHA MOUNTAINS...MOUNT EVANS...
WILLIAMS FORK MOUNTAINS...WINTER PARK...ESTES PARK...GLENDEVEY...
NEDERLAND...RED FEATHER LAKES...BAILEY...CENTRAL CITY...
EVERGREEN...GEORGETOWN...IDAHO SPRINGS...WESTCREEK

Snowfall

ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 FEET OF SNOW CAN
  BE EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY.

Impacts

ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SNOW-COVERED AND SNOW
  PACKED...POSSIBLY LEADING TO ROAD CLOSURES. DENSE AND HEAVY
  SNOW ACCUMULATING ON TREE BRANCHES MAY CAUSE TREES TO FALL...
  OR BRANCHES TO BREAK OFF.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF
SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

Fire Weather Advisories

**Red Flag Warning**
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM MDT THIS EVENING
FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE EASTERN COLORADO
PLAINS...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 242...AND 244 THROUGH 251...

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 242...244...245...246...
  247...248...249...250 AND 251.

* TIMING...THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

* WINDS...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 16 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...INCREASING WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL ALLOW ANY
  FIRES TO SPREAD RAPIDLY...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS THAT HAVE
  EXPERIENCED LIMITED SPRING GREENUP.
John R. Braddock
Storm Chaser/ Amateur Meteorologist at Mountain Wave Weather
John R. Braddock is a NOAA/NWS Certified Storm Chaser and Amateur Meteorologist living in Castle Rock, Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Colorado native, he specializes in short range forecasting, severe weather and mountain weather dynamics.

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    • Pamela on April 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    I keep seeing all kinds of different forecasts. Is this a hard storm to nail down? I live in the original Meadows area and I’m like ack!

      • Pamela on April 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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      It’s a bit stressful. They are talking about possible broken trees and power lines. They don’t mention what city may get it. So I’m like ok, I guess that’s Castle Rock? Waiting is hard!

      1. If you are in the Castle Rock area, keep a close eye on your trees and plants. Especially any trees that are budding or showing leaves already. If the snow does fall and accumulate on them, it will be very dense and very heavy. Unless the storm falls apart by Friday night, expect problems for trees in our area.

    1. It absolutely is Pamela. We are pretty certain the mountains and foothills will get hammered with snow, but as you get below about 6,000 feet the models are still predicting big snow but the temperatures have to cooperate. If it stays too warm we may get nothing at all, if colder than expected we could see a foot or more! Snowstorms that come after the last week of March are notoriously tricky and have a habit of humbling us every once and awhile.

        • Pamela on April 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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        Gotcha. Thank you!

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