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Follow Live: Damaging wind storm expected across the Front Range today

Pikes Peak Region forecast wind gusts
Wind Gusts southern Colorado
Posted at 11:14 AM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 19:15:30-05

A strong wind storm is forecast to blow through Colorado today with gusts broadly between 30 to 60 mph along the I-25 corridor.

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High Wind Warning 1/4/2022

High wind warnings are in effect locally across the Pikes Peak Region and down along the Sangre De Cristos.

Pueblo and Fremont counties are not in the wind warning, but gusts could still hit the 40 to 50 mph range through the daytime.

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Need to Know:

  • Damaging wind gusts are possible across southern Colorado, especially over the mountains in western El Paso and Teller counties.
  • Wind gusts will be broadly in the 40 to 60 mph range in the High Wind Warnings, but gusts up to 80 mph will be possible over 8,000 feet.
  • Gusts over 50 mph start showing up in areas like Colorado Springs by 9 am and only get stronger through the lunch hour.
  • Powerline, tree damage, and flipped semi-trucks will be the primary damage concerns today.

5:15 p.m. | All High Wind Warnings have been allowed to expire this evening. Looking ahead to tomorrow...there's more strong wind potential in the forecast, with 40-60 mph gusts for Southern Colorado.

3:57 p.m. | Nearing the end of the strongest gusts this afternoon in the lower elevations. However, high winds will likely keep up in the mountains through late this evening.

3:10 p.m. | Top wind gusts reported so far today.

2:25 p.m. | Pueblo grass fire now contained!

2:11 p.m. | Check out the movement on our Pueblo studio cam, which can be found on the north side of town.

1:55 p.m. | News5 is on the scene at the grass fire in Pueblo.

1:35 p.m. | Firefighters are on the scene of a prairie fire in Pueblo, and are telling people to avoid Fortino Boulevard, between Outlook Boulevard and Elizabeth Street.

1:30 p.m. | The Colorado Department of Transportation is reporting 'fire activity' at US50 and Wills Boulevard in Pueblo.

1:02 p.m. | Projected gusts from latest high resolution models more in line with current conditions, and now support less risk of damaging wind gusts.

12:40 p.m. | Highest gusts in the Pikes Peak Region right now are in the 40-55 mph range, but many areas are weaker than that.

12:35 p.m. | TRAFFIC ALERT: High wind restrictions are now in place for all high profile vehicles on I-25 from Walsenburg to Monument Hill.

12:05 p.m | According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department PIO, the fire is now out. Firefighters will remain on scene to mop up any hotspots.

11:57 a.m. | Colorado Springs Fire Department is reporting a small grass fire southeast of downtown Colorado Springs.

11:18 a.m. | Strong wind gusts are beginning to push through the Pikes Peak Region.

A strong wind storm is forecast to blow through Colorado today with gusts broadly between 30 to 60 mph along the I-25 corridor.

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High Wind Warning 1/4/2022

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