Red flag warnings for the foothills Tuesday; mountain snow coming later this week


DENVER – Red flag warnings are in effect for the Colorado foothills, most of Larimer County and parts of Weld County on Tuesday due to high winds as the mountains brace for a round of snowfall later this week .

Red flag warnings are in effect from noon to 5 p.m. in Boulder and Larimer counties between 6,000 and 9,000 feet elevation, where westerly winds will be 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 65 miles on time. Relative humidity could fall into teenagers, according to the National Weather Service of Boulder.

They are also in effect for the same elevations in western Jefferson, Douglas, Gilpin, Clear Creek and northeastern Park County, and for parts of Larimer and Weld counties at lower elevations, for winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour which could be gusty. up to 45 miles per hour.

High winds and low relative humidity could cause a fire that would start to spread quickly amid the drought conditions in the region.

Winds will not be as strong in Metro Denver and most of the plains south of Weld County, but high temperatures will be in the range of 60 in the area until Christmas.

Meanwhile, the mountains are expected to receive another round of much needed snowfall later this week, according to the NWS.

Snow is expected to return on Thursday as the storm hitting the west coast moves east. The Boulder NWS said on Tuesday the best chance of snow in any mountain in the state would be from Thursday night through noon Friday.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see moderate to heavy snow bands developing over the mountains at some point during this time,” NWS forecasters said. wrote Thursday morning. “In addition, gusts of wind between 40 mph and 55 mph can cause blowing snow, reduced visibility and dangerous traveling conditions on the higher passes.”

The NWS says there could be a lull in the snow Friday afternoon before it returns Friday night, with spells of snow expected throughout the weekend.

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