National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook With Blizzard and High Wind Warnings


March 13, 2019

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook that included blizzard and high wind warnings that included portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Colorado, including the Colorado Springs vicinity and southern El Paso County areas. Widespread rain and snow was expected to develop across South Central Colorado Tuesday evening, with rain and snow spreading east across the Eastern Mountains and into the I-25 Corridor overnight.

Today’s forecast called for rain and snow along the Interstate 25 corridor and eastern plains. Snow levels will decrease through the day on Wednesday, falling to below 5000 feet by late afternoon. The combination of heavy snow and strengthening north winds will produce blizzard conditions along the Palmer Divide from Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night, and a brief period of blizzard conditions may develop over southern and eastern El Paso County late in the day as snow becomes briefly heavy. Storm total snow fall by early Thursday indicates up to 8 inches is expected over northern El Paso County, while 2 to 5 inches will be possible around Colorado Springs. Accumulations over interior valleys, the southern I-25 corridor and eastern plains will be highly variable, with a few locations seeing 2 to 4 inches by late Wednesday evening.

Strong north winds will develop Wednesday along and east of the mountains, continuing into Thursday morning over the far southeast plains. Gusts of 60 to 70 mph will be possible, with the strongest winds occuring near the Palmer Divide and over the eastern plains along and north of the Arkansas River.

Light snow will redevelop over the mountains on Thursday, and a few higher peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range and locations near Pikes Peak may see an inch or two of accumulation by early evening.


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday blizzard conditions expected with total snow accumulations of up to 4 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 65 mph, for the Colorado Springs Vicinity, Southern El Paso County, and the Rampart Range Below 7400 Feet.

Plan on slippery road conditions. patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.


A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.


The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a High Wind

Warning, which is in effect from 4 PM Wednesday to 6 AM MDT


* LOCATION...Southern El Paso County, including Colorado Springs.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A rapidly intensifying low pressure system

will cause strong north winds from Wednesday afternoon through

early Thursday morning.

* WIND...Wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible.

* IMPACT...Damage to tree limbs and power lines will be

possible. Strong cross winds capable of overturning light

weight, high profile vehicles will pose hazards to those

traveling on east west oriented roads.


A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected

or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts

of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

You can visit the National Weather Service online at for updates.


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