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Feb 23, 2013 8:15 PM by Stephen Bowers

Blizzard warning issued for part of Southern Colorado

A developing storm system will mean heavy snow and strong winds for much of Southern Colorado on Sunday. While spotty flurries are possible overnight, the main wave of snow is expected to begin around 5-6 AM Sunday and spread across the Southern Front Range and the Southeastern Plains throughout the morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of El Paso County, Pueblo County, Otero County, and Crowley County. This includes Colorado Springs, Fountain, Pueblo, Penrose, La Junta, and Olney Springs. Two to five inches of snow is expected.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for northern El Paso County, including Monument, Lincoln County, Elbert County, Huerfano County, and Las Animas County. In northern El Paso County, Lincoln County, and Elbert County 5-10 inches of snow is expected along with wind gusts around 50 mph. In Huerfano and Las Animas Counties 4-6 inches of snow is expected along with wind gusts around 50 mph.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for extreme western El Paso County and for Teller County, including Woodland Park, Cripple Creak, Pikes Peak, and Divide. Snowfall totals of 6-14 inches are expected along with dangerously cold wind chills. A Winter Storm Warning is also in effect for the Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Six to twelve inches of snow is expected.

A Blizzard Watch is in effect for Baca County, including Springfield. Two to five inches of snow is possible along with winds of 25-35 mph and gusts to around 45 mph.

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