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Dangerous Continental Divide travel with damaging winds possible here at home

High Wind Warnings 1/17/2020
Posted at 5:31 AM, Jan 17, 2020

Today’s Forecast:
Very intense weather is expected across Colorado, from heavy blowing snow in the mountains to possibly damaging wind gusts along I-25. Travel west should be taken with extreme care today as with snow totals ranging from 3 to 8 inches today with wind gusts over 50 mph. Here at home, we're expecting dry skies along I-25 and the plains, but with strong and possibly damaging wind speeds, especially near the mountains and valleys. All of I-25 is under a High Wind Warning that will last well into the evening hours.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 53; Low: 20. Warm daytime temperatures with very windy conditions and max wind gusts between 40 to 50 mph.

PUEBLO: High: 58; Low: 19. Very warm daytime temperatures today with dangerous winds possible as wind gusts max out between 45 to 55 mph.

CANON CITY: High: 56; Low: 26. Warm daytime temperatures with dangerous winds possible and max wind gusts between 45 to 60 mph.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 43; Low: 17. Mild daytime temperatures with very strong winds and max wind gusts between 35 to 45 mph.

TRI-LAKES: High: 40s; Low: 10s. Mild daytime temperatures with very strong winds and max wind gusts between 45 to 55 mph.

PLAINS: High: 50/60s; Low: 20s. Very warm daytime temperatures today with very strong winds and max wind gusts between 45 to 55 mph.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 50s; Low: 20s. Very warm daytime temperatures with extremely strong and likely damaging wind speeds from the late morning through the evening. Wind gusts out of the west along I-25 could blow between 50 to 70 mph, with a few 70 or more mph gusts likely in the mountain towns and valleys west of Walsenburg and Trinidad.

Extended Outlook:
The winds will stay strong through the first half of the night, weakening to a light breezy by Saturday morning. Saturday will be MUCH colder than today and fairly cloudy across some of the region with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Sunday should be warmer and sunny, with the next chance for snow arriving Wednesday evening through Thursday.