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High Wind Watch

Statement as of 3:55 AM MDT on March 23, 2017

Expires 7:00 PM EDT on March 24, 2017


... High wind watch remains in effect from late tonight through
Friday afternoon...

* location... all of the southeast Colorado plains, including
Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walsenburg, Trinidad, La Junta, Lamar
and Springfield.

* Cause and timing... a strong cold front will drop south across
the eastern Colorado plains late Thursday night, and through
the day on Friday.

* Wind... north at 35 to 45 mph with gusts in excess of 65 mph.

* Impact... these winds will pose a hazard to high profile
vehicles, especially on east to west oriented roadways. Winds
may also take down power lines and trees, knock out power,
cause property damage, and reduced visibilities; due to snow
over the Palmer Divide, and possibly dust across the eastern
plains.

* Potential fire weather impact... although humidity values will be
much higher on Friday, if power lines were to fall on any dry grass,
then the potential will exist for a fast moving grass fire to
occur.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts.



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Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 4:07 AM MDT on March 23, 2017

Expires 10:00 PM EDT on March 23, 2017


... Red flag warning remains in effect from 11 am this morning to
8 PM MDT this evening for fire weather zones 226... 227... 228...
229... 230... 231... 232... 233... 234... 235... 236 and 237...

* affected area... fire weather zones 226... 227... 228... 229...
230... 231... 232... 233... 234... 235... 236 and 237.

* Winds... southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Relative humidity... as low as 9 percent.

* Impacts... conditions will be favorable for the rapid ignition,
growth and spread of fires.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are expected. Strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels
will result in the potential for extreme fire behavior. Burning
or any other activities that could accidentally spark a wildfire
should be postponed.




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