It's a busy weather day with really high winds along the eastern plains and high fire danger through the afternoon. The high fire danger has resulted in Red Flag Warnings that will expire this evening, and the High Wind Warning includes gusts in the 60 to 65 mph range at their highest!
Be careful when traveling east along Highway 50 as well as I-70 and I-80 today as 65 mph gusts could easily tip a lightly loaded semi-truck.
The High Wind Warning is focused out east along the plains and the CO/KS border. A 65 mph gust could absolutely blow a semi-truck on its side if it's traveling east or west on I-70 pic.twitter.com/Xg0lMsXqqX— Sam Schreier (@SamASchreier) January 15, 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 43; Low: 26. Sunny, cold, and windy with gusts in the 30-40 mph range and high fire danger through southern El Paso County.
PUEBLO: High: 44; Low: 20. Sunny, cold, and windy with gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range and high fire danger through the whole county.
CANON CITY: High: 50; Low: 30. Sunny, chilly, and breezy with occasional daytime gusts in the 20 mph range. Fire danger is generally elevated.
WOODLAND PARK: High: 40; Low: 22. Sunny and windy today with cold daytime conditions and gusts in the 30 mph range.
TRI-LAKES: High: 30s; Low: 20s. Sunny, cold, and windy with gusts in the 30 mph range and elevated fire danger in dry, grassy areas.
PLAINS: High: 40s; Low: 20s. Sunny and cold with very high winds out east of Otero and Crowley county, where a High Wind Warning is in effect. Gusts could be as high as 55 to 65 mph, especially for areas north of Highway 50. Be very careful when driving east in a high profile vehicle.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 40s; Low: 20s. Sunny and cold with gust 20 mph winds and dry skies.
MOUNTAINS: High: 40s; Low: 10s. Sunny and cold with gusty west and northwest winds ranging from 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon and calm but cold conditions overnight.
The winds will die down tonight and lows should fall into the teens. We look dry here in southern Colorado on Saturday but light snow is expected over the high country. Most ski areas will see one inch or less, but Vail and Steamboat could get close to 2". We are dry and cold Sunday before snow showers move in Monday and Tuesday.