DENVER - Parts of 11 Colorado counties are included in a blowing dust advisory issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. Monday, the health department says the counties will be affected by strong, gusty winds preceding an approaching storm. The areas affected by the advisory include Lincoln, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Baca and eastern portions of El Paso, Pueblo and Las Animas counties.
The dust will reduce visibility across the affected area and the health department warns that people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy indoor and outdoor exertion.
7NEWS Meteorologist Mike Nelson reports temperatures are in the 60s to near 70 degrees and the winds are becoming strong and gusty from the west-southwest. The relative humidity is in the single digits and teens. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 PM for the eastern plains as a result of the high fire danger.
In the mountains, clouds are rapidly increasing as the next cold front moves in from Utah and Wyoming. Snow will develop in the next few hours and the winds will be shifting to the northwest late in the day. Snowfall will be about 4-8 inches over the northern and central mountains by Tuesday morning - especially for areas along and west of the Continental Divide. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the central and northern mountains through Tuesday morning.