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High Wind Warning for Northern Colorado

High Winds May Exist
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The wind is reeking havoc in the Colorado Mountains and all along the Front Range. A High Wind Warning is in effect until tomorrow morning. Highway 287 and Highway 85 were both closed last night, but have since been re-opened. I-25 from the Wyoming border to Cheyenne is restricted for high-profile vehicles or light trailers this morning. I-25 North of Cheyenne is closed due to winter conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, the High Wind Warning remains in effect until 5 a.m. Thursday. These are the areas that are affected by the Warning:

  • Larimer County below 6000 feet
  • Northwest Weld County
  • Boulder and Jefferson Counties below 6000 feet
  • West Broomfield County
  • Including the cities of…Fort Collins, Hereford, Loveland, Nunn, Arvada, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood, Longmont

Periods of strong gusty winds will occur today and tonight. The strongest winds are expected to occur from later this morning into the early evening hours. Winds will then decrease late tonight as a cold front pushes across the area.

Wind gusts between 70 and 80 mph. The strong winds will be found close to the base of the foothills with lighter winds farther east toward I-25.

Strong winds will produce hazardous driving conditions for high profile vehicles near the base of the foothills…Especially along highway 93 between golden and boulder…U.S. 36between Broomfield and Lyons…As well as highway 287 from Broomfield through Fort Collins.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

  • Remember…A high wind warning means that strong and potentially damaging winds are either occurring or highly likely. Travel in high profile vehicles is discouraged.
  • Residents in the warning area are urged to bring indoors any loose items such as garbage cans and patio furniture that may be blown about by the strong winds.

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