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Warnings issued for high winds, blowing dust

Published On: Mar 18 2014 10:59:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2014 07:04:23 PM CDT

Near La Junta
Julia Harris

PUEBLO, Colo. -

The National Weather Service issued warnings for high winds and blowing dust in southern Colorado Tuesday (3/18/14).

The adverse conditions forced the Colorado Department of Transportation to shut down Highway 287 between Limon and the Oklahoma border.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the following counties until 6 p.m.:

El Paso
Pueblo
Crowley
Otero
Kiowa
Bent
Prowers
Baca

A Dust Storm Warning has been issued for the following counties until 6 p.m.:

Southern El Paso
Pueblo
Crowley
Otero
Kiowa
Las Animas
Bent
Prowers
Baca

Strong wind gusts will create areas of blowing dust and tumbleweeds which will make driving dangerous on some roadways throughout the day.

Brief bursts of snow in northern El Paso County, especially over Monument Hill, are expected to combine with the gusty winds to reduce visibility at times as well.

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