The Wet Mountain Valley will be hit by extremely high winds Tuesday morning before dawn. Official forecasts place the wind speed at over 65 miles per hour, however, this is an average wind speed for Custer County. Some areas can see wind speeds in excess of 100 to 130 miles per hour, especially along the valley floor. This is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane force wind.
Kody Wilson of Denver & Front Range Weather commented today: “Tuesday is really on my mind. It will become SUPER WINDY on Tuesday before a cold front in the afternoon. Southern Colorado, particularly the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, and the I-25 corridor between Colorado Springs and Trinidad/Raton Pass could easily eclipse wind gusts of 90 to 100 mph from Tuesday morning to early Tuesday after- noon. https://www.facebook.com/DenverFrontRangeWX
It is important to secure all loose items outside the home to prepare for power outages. In addition, the danger of fire increases during such winds. Large vehicles should not be driven.
For more information, please visit noaa.gov.