Summit braces for blast of April snow and severe wind 

You know it’s spring in Colorado when there’s a winter weather advisory for the mountains and red flag fire conditions on the Plains.  

Nearly half the state is under fire watch today, from Denver east to the state line, and Fort Collins south to Colorado Springs.  Predicted 100 mile-per-hour winds have already cancelled Saturday night’s Red Rocks show with Dom Dolla.

By tomorrow, when the Winter weather advisory starts, daytime temps will plummet at least 20 degrees in Breckenridge to highs in the low 30s. Winds could gust 80 to 100 miles per hour on ridgelines.  

National Weather Service warns of fallen trees and power outages. It could be the most significant wind event since mid-January, when some homes in Blue River went without power and Internet for days.  

Already today, Peak 8 is clocking nearly 60 miles per hour. 

Tonight’s First Friday bonfire in Silverthorne is happening. Fire crews will be there to monitor wind and conditions. Gusts are maxing out at 25 miles per hour in town, and there is still plenty of snow on the ground at Trent Park. They light the fire at 6:30 p.m.