Hurricane-force winds are set to continue across parts of Colorado, gusting up to 80 mph.

The National Weather Service recorded a hurricane-strength wind gust of 80 miles per hour in Marshall on Tuesday evening. Winds also hit Berthoud Pass at speeds of 68 miles per hour. Meanwhile in Boulder County, wind speeds of 70 miles per hour were clocked. Based on the Saffir-Simpson scale regarding hurricane intensity, a "category 1" hurricane has sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.

High winds are expected to pick up in the Front Range mountains, foothills, and plains on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a cold front, continuing through Friday afternoon, with Thursday morning likely seeing the greatest wind speeds.

Wind speeds could peak at 80 miles per hour in the foothills and 65 miles per hour across the plains, according to the National Weather Service.

The Denver Post has also reported that gusts of up to 100 miles per hour or more may hit the mountains during this windy period. 

Several high wind warnings will go into effect from 12:00 PM on Wednesday through at least 12:00 PM on Thursday.

In the Front Range foothills, Larimer, Boulder, Weld Counties, and the western suburbs of Denver, a high wind warning has been issued for potential wind gusts of up to 75 mph. Areas impacted include Estes Park, Glendevey, Nederland, Red Feather Lakes, Bailey, Central City, Evergreen, Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Westcreek, Fort Collins, Hereford, Loveland, Nunn, Arvada, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood, and Longmont.

"Difficult day to hike in exposed areas,” Rocky Mountain National Park warned in a Wednesday morning tweet.

The force of these winds could blow tree limbs and unsecured objects around. Winds this powerful can also lead to isolated power outages.

"Hazardous driving conditions due to powerful cross winds will pose a serious risk for drivers, especially for lightweight and high profile vehicles," the watch states.

The National Weather Service also said that drivers of high-risk vehicles should avoid travel Thursday during the windiest periods likely in the early morning and daytime hours.

Tractor-trailers could be toppled by high winds. This happened last month on the I-70 mountain corridor

There's also a possibility of snow in the forecast favoring the northern mountains on Saturday and again on Sunday.

Editor's Note: All weather statements are subject to change. Visit the Colorado Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information on road conditions and the National Weather Service for updates on incoming storms.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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