Berthoud Pass Communication towers on Colorado Mines Peak

Communication towers seen on top of Colorado Mines Peak, located along Berthoud Pass. Photo Credit: milehightraveler (iStock).

Wind speeds were expected to be high in Colorado on Wednesday, but gusts recorded at one high-elevation location blew past the numbers predicted in the National Weather Service's 'hazardous weather outlook.'

According to the National Weather Service, wind speeds hit 104 miles per hour on top of Berthoud Pass at 9:15 AM on Wednesday morning.

An early morning prediction indicated that gusts of up to 80 miles per hour would be possible in the mountains and in Colorado's Front Range foothills, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour possible on the Eastern Plains.

Berthoud Pass reaches an elevation of 11,307 feet, connecting Clear Creek County (home to Georgetown) to Grand County (home to Winter Park).

Strong winds are expected to continue. Those in the impacted area should ensure possessions left outside are secure. Those driving in the impacted area should be aware of the strong winds and on the lookout for flying debris. High profile vehicles should travel with extreme caution.

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