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May 8, 2013 7:40 AM by Stephen Bowers

Flash Flood threat increases through late Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for El Paso and Teller Counties, including Waldo Canyon and Manitou Springs.

Low pressure over Nevada and western Utah Wednesday morning is funnelling Pacific moisture into Colorado, and the approach of that low pressure will help to produce widespread rain and thunderstorms today and Thursday. The threat for flash flooding in Waldo Canyon and Ute Pass exists Wednesday and will increase Wednesday night and Thursday as an upslope wind brings about an increase in rainfall for that area. An overnight threat is especially dangerous since most of us would be sleeping. It's important to monitor the weather updates from News 5 and have a NOAA Weather Radio with the alert feature. A NOAA Weather Radio will wake you if dangerous weather threatens while you are sleeping. 

If you live in or commute through this area, you should be aware of the flood threat. Have a plan to protect yourself and your family, and be ready to enact that plan.

In addition to the heavy rain potential, a strong thunderstorm capable of producing hail and wind gusts to around 50 mph is possible in the Plains east of I-25.

We expect an overall break from the rain on Friday aside from any stray showers, especially Friday afternoon in the higher elevations. On Saturday, a cold front could mean another round of rain and thunderstorms for much of our area.

While many areas along the Southern Front Range will experience rain and thunderstorms, snow could fall in the higher elevations of Teller County. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Pikes Peak above 11,000 feet. The Winter Storm Warning does NOT include Colorado Springs. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 11,000 feet.

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