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Weather: Another wind storm … really?

High winds expected over northern Colorado mountains and foothills tonight. Click on the image to visit the National Weather Service website.

Strong jet stream to usher in some needed Pacific moisture along with some dangerous travel conditions in the high country

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the third time this fall and winter, Colorado’s north-central mountains could get blasted by another round of unusually high winds this week, with winds blowing at 30 to 50 mph and gusts of 90 mph and stronger over the peaks and ridges of the high country.

The strongest winds are expected along the Continental Divide and in the Front Range mountains and foothills, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a high wind warning covering Summit County and eastward. The warning is in effect from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday. Continue reading

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Summit County: Windstorm caused widespread damage

Cleanup continues around the county; insurance companies registering numerous wind-related claims this week

Cleaning up downed trees near Frisco after a Nov. 13 windstorm generated gusts of up to 115 mph in isolated spots, with winds between 70 to 90 mph common across much of the state.

High winds last weekend snapped this dead lodgepole pine near Frisco, Colorado.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Local residents continued to clean up downed trees and damaged homes early this week after winds of up to 115 mph raked the area late Saturday night.

Weather experts said it’s unusual to have such high winds across much of the state at the same time. The strong gusts are not unprecedented, but they’re often confined to a small part of the state.

Some of the most significant damage was reported from the Gold Hill neighborhood near Summit High School, where one home reportedly lost its roof, and many others had siding stripped way and lost shingles to gusts equal to winds found during a Category 3 hurricane.

“It was like a war zone up there,” said one resident, describing the scene Sunday morning, when scored of uprooted and broken trees littered the area. Continue reading

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