High wind on Wednesday

6 AM MST, Tuesday, December 14, 2021

An intense Pacific storm will be moving east through the central Rockies tomorrow morning bringing snow to the mountains and strong wind to eastern Colorado.

Moisture. Pacific moisture with the storm should bring snow (~6-10″) to the higher elevations, especially west-facing slopes late tonight and tomorrow morning. The track and wind direction do not favor widespread precipitation for the eastern foothills and plains. But there will probably be a brief period with squally rain or snow showers for the eastern foothills and plains Wednesday morning, with little or no accumulation.

Wind. The main impact for the eastern foothills and plains will likely be strong and potentially damaging west-northwest winds on Wednesday. Those winds should kick in Wednesday morning with the Pacific cold front (and the brief period of rain or snow showers). Gusts exceeding 70 mph will probably be recorded in many locations. I would not be surprised to hear about some wind gust to 100.

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