Batten down the hatches! Use some extra glue on the hairpiece! Tie down the small dogs! The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Colorado Mountains and Foothills!

Very strong west winds will develop over the Northern Colorado mountains and foothills this morning and continue into Thursday. The winds will occasionally reach areas at the base of the foothills and may spread eastward onto the plains a short distance. Areas from the western suburbs of Denver north to Fort Collins will see the strongest winds this afternoon and tonight.

Wind gusts to 90 mph will be common in wind prone mountain and foothill areas...And also in favored areas just east of the mountains such as Rocky flats...Boulder...and Carter Lake. Gusts as high as 120 mph are possible above 10 thousand feet and in the windiest foothills locations west of Golden and Boulder and west of Fort Collins.

The strong winds will likely cause downed trees...Power outages...and may blow over high profile and light weight vehicles. Monitor the latest weather conditions and avoid travel in areas experiencing violent winds. Main areas likely to be affected are Interstate 70 in Jefferson and Clear creek counties...The Peak to Peak Highway between Black Hawk and Estes Park...and highways at the base of the foothills.

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