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Mar 9, 2013 3:58 PM by Stephen Bowers

Winter Storm: Saturday Afternoon Update

A huge portion of the News 5 viewing area remains under various warnings and advisories.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for NORTHERN El Paso County including Black Forest, Monument, and Calhan. It extends north to Castle Rock and across the Northeastern Plains toward Limon and Fort Morgan. These areas can expect white out conditions with poor visibility resulting from heavy wind-blown snow. Winds will be brisk around 25-35 mph in these areas. Gusts could be as high as 50 mph. The Blizzard Warning does NOT include Colorado Springs. Snowfall accumulation of 6-10 inches is expected.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Teller County and extreme western El Paso County. This includes Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Cripple Creek, Divide, and Pikes Pike. A Winter Storm Warning is also in effect for the Wet Mountains, including Rye, Wetmore, and Beulah. Treacherous driving conditions are likely throughout the warning area due to periodic heavy bursts of snow along with 20-30 mph winds. Visibility will be less than a quarter-mile at times. Snowfall accumulation of 1-2 feet is possible in these higher elevations.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the remainder of El Paso County not included in the Blizzard or Winter Storm Warnings. The Winter Weather Advisory DOES include Colorado Springs, Ellicott, Yoder, Rush, Fountain, and Security-Widefield. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Spanish Peaks, and Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. This includes Westcliff, La Veta Pass, Trinidad, Walsenburg, and Kim. Areas of snow and gusty winds will create uneasy driving conditions across the area. Snowfall accumulation could range from 3-9" in the advisory areas.

The worst conditions are expected, as they have been for several days, from extreme northern El Paso north and east across the Northeastern Colorado Plains. We urge you to delay any travel plans that take you through I-70 east of Denver or up Highway 24 toward Limon or points north. White out conditions have already been reported in northern El Paso County, and conditions will likely not be any better northeast of Monument. South of Monument Hill, use extreme caution while driving, especially through higher elevations.

While we do expect that most of the News 5 viewing area will see some rain or snow, the highest amounts are likely to be along Monument Hill and Teller County. Around Pueblo, Canon City, La Junta, Springfield, and Lamar, totals will likely be no more than 1-3", though most areas along the Arkansas River probably will not even pile up to that 1-3".

Stay with News 5 for the latest weather conditions, and we invite you to contribute your storm reports to us via email or our Facebook or Twitter.



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