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First Alert Action Day for Colorado

Very strong winds through Monday
Posted at 8:31 AM, Mar 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 08:10:47-05

DENVER -  A strong cold front is racing across the central Rockies . This front will usher in snow for much of Western Colorado, and gusty winds for Denver and the plains. Heavy snow is falling in the mountains with up to 10 inches possible around Steamboat through Monday morning.

The windy and, dry conditions will keep fire danger is high across the eastern plains.  The Red Flag Warning has been extended to include Denver and and the adjacent foothill communities through Monday afternoon. 

The cold front will bring more clouds and a chance for a few rain and snow showers over eastern Colorado overnight, but the moisture will be quite limited.  The northeast quarter of Colorado is under a High Wind Warning for winds up to 65 mph. 

Monday will be very windy and colder in the wake of the cold front. In Denver, highs will be in the 40s. A a dramatic drop from the 68 degree high Sunday afternoon.  The winds will be whipping out of the northwest at 20 to 40 mph with some gusts of 65 to 70 mph likely through midday.

In the mountains, the snow will diminish to scattered snow showers, but the strong winds will create plenty of slippery spots and low visibility at times.

On the plains, keep both hands on the wheel - especially on north-south facing roads.  The strong northwest winds will produce blowing dust that will lower visibility.  The winds will diminish later in the afternoon and early evening. 

The First Alert Action Day will expire at 6 PM on Monday as lighter winds will reduce the danger of blowing snow or dust and lower the fire danger.

Quiet weather will return on Tuesday and a gradual warm-up is in store for the remainder of the week.  Highs will be in the 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday and reach the 60s for Thursday and Friday.

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