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  • High Wind Warning for Middle Park County, Colorado
  • High Wind Warning issued December 17 at 9:50PM MST until December 18 at 11:00AM MST by NWS
  • Effective: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 9:50 p.m.
  • Expires: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11 a.m.
  • ...HIGH WINDS EXPECTED TONIGHT IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE...
    .A STRONG JET STREAM WILL PUSH OVER COLORADO TONIGHT...FORMING A
    MOUNTAIN WAVE THAT WILL HELP STRONG WINDS ALOFT SURFACE OVER THE
    FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS. THE STRONG WINDS ARE MOST
    LIKELY AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 8000 FEET AND IN WIND PRONE LOWER
    FOOTHILLS LOCATIONS SUCH AS THE AREAS JUST WEST OF BOULDER AND
    GOLDEN AND CARTER LAKE AS WELL AS AREAS NEAR THE WYOMING BORDER.
    HIGHER AREAS WILL LIKELY SEE WINDS GUSTS AS HIGH AS 80 MPH...
    WHILE AREAS NEAR THE BASE OF THE FOOTHILLS WILL LIKELY SEE GUSTS
    IN THE 60 TO 75 MPH RANGE.
    THE IMPACT OF THESE WINDS WILL BE GREATER DUE TO THE RECENT
    SNOWFALL. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED IN
    OPEN AREAS...AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WINDIEST
    AREAS. HIGHWAYS MOST LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED INCLUDE LOVELAND AND
    BERTHOUD PASSES...THE PEAK-TO-PEAK HIGHWAY BETWEEN BLACK HAWK AND
    ESTES PARK...HIGHWAY 93 BETWEEN GOLDEN AND BOULDER...HIGHWAY
    287 BETWEEN FORT COLLINS AND LARAMIE...INTERSTATE 25 BETWEEN
    WELLINGTON AND CHEYENNE...AND HIGHWAY 285 IN SOUTH PARK. ROAD
    CLOSURES MAY BE POSSIBLE IN SOME OF THESE LOCATIONS DUE TO POOR
    VISIBILITIES AND DRIFTING SNOW. TRAVELERS SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT
    CONDITIONS WILL BE JUST AS BAD OR WORSE IN THE AREA BETWEEN
    CHEYENNE AND RAWLINS WYOMING AND MANY ROADS ARE CLOSED IN THAT
    AREA.
    THERE IS ALREADY SOME WIND IN MANY OF THESE AREAS...WITH GUSTS TO
    61 MPH AT BERTHOUD PASS AND IN THE 30 TO 50 MPH RANGE IN THE
    HIGHER FOOTHILLS AND THE LARAMIE AREA THIS EVENING. THE WINDS WERE
    ALSO STARTING TO REACH THE SURFACE AROUND ROCKY FLATS AND BOULDER.
    WINDS WILL INCREASE SOME MORE INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS...WITH
    A FEW HOURS OF MUCH STRONGER WINDS POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT. DRIVERS
    SHOULD CONSIDER MAKING ALTERNATE PLANS TO AVOID THE WORST AREAS
    LATER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING.
    ...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST FRIDAY...
    * TIMING...WINDS WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD AND INCREASE INTO THE
    EARLY MORNING HOURS. A PERIOD OF VERY STRONG WINDS IS LIKELY
    LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.
    * WINDS...WEST WINDS AT 30 TO 50 MPH. GUSTS TO 80 MPH OVER THE
    MOUNTAINS AND WINDIER FOOTHILLS LOCATIONS...WITH GUSTS OF 60 TO
    75 MPH IN AREAS NEAR THE BASE OF THE FOOTHILLS AND NEAR THE
    WYOMING BORDER.
    * IMPACTS...EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS MAY CAUSE
    BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES. ROAD CLOSURES ARE POSSIBLE.
    WINDS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO TREES AND LESS SECURE PORTIONS OF
    BUILDINGS. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.