Six weather watches in Colorado go into effect Monday as some regions of the state prepare to be hit by a powerful winter storm and others face dangerous fire weather conditions.
Here is a breakdown of the advisories issued by the National Weather Service (NWS):
Winter Storm Warning: The NWS is asking for up to 25 inches of snow to fall on Elkhead and Park Mountains, located in the northwestern part of the state, between 11 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Extended periods of snow are expected. Travel in this area should be avoided.
“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” the service said.
Blizzard Warning: A blizzard warning is in effect from midnight today through midnight Tuesday for the northeastern part of the state, including Fort Morgan, Byers, Sterling and Akron. Those in these areas expect to see up to 10 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 60 MPH, resulting in blizzard conditions.
“Visibility will be near zero at times resulting in blackout conditions. The journey will be treacherous and life threatening. Road closures and impassable roads are likely. High winds will cause a large amount of snow and may cause minor damage and power outages,” the warning warns. read
winter weather warning: The advisory was issued for the north-central and northwestern regions of the state beginning Monday at 1 pm Cities including Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Georgetown and Fairplay are expected to be affected. These areas could see 6 to 12 inches of snow, with up to 18 inches in parts of the northern mountains. Wind gusts up to 60 MPH are expected.
Winter Storm Watch: The watch is in effect for Julesburg and Holyoke from Monday night through Tuesday morning. Blizzard conditions are possible in these areas, and wind gusts could be up to 60 MPH.
A second winter weather advisory is in effect for Limón, where 2 to 4 inches of snow and gusty winds are expected.
Red Flag Warning: A red flag warning was issued Monday for several more southern counties, including Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero and Bent. In these areas, low relative humidity of up to 14 percent and wind gusts to 45 MPH are expected.
Strong wind watch: Yuma, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne counties are included in the watch, where winds of up to 55 MPH are possible Monday.
“Strong winds can move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles,” the service said.
Find additional updates on the National Weather Service website here.
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