Weather - Forecast

May 30, 2014 7:55 AM by Stephen Bowers

Friday Weather: Increasing Flash Flood Risk

We will be monitoring trouble spots including Waldo Canyon and Manitou Springs for flash flooding today.

A steady stream of moisture kept us beneath a canopy of clouds last nights. Showers fell on the Western Slope, and we are in for more showers and thunderstorms today. Rainfall could be heavy at times, bringing up to 2-3 inches to the eastern slopes of the mountains. That could mean flash flooding around Waldo Canyon and Manitou Springs.

Once we start warming the clouds will to break up a bit so that most of the area warms into the 70's by 10 AM. Showers are set to start picking up around 10 AM, too, especially in high elevations west of I-25. High-elevation showers pick up through lunch time as any areas warm through the 70's and even into the 80's in the drier Plains. Between noon and 2 PM, showers and thunderstorms are moving out of the mountains. The potential for heavy rainfall exists as the upslope breeze intensifies after 2 PM. The threat for flash flooding increase after 2 PM and will continue until about 6-7 PM with any showers that develop in western El Paso County. Some small hail is also possible from stronger thunderstorms, but severe weather is not anticipated.

Afternoon showers could persist tomorrow, but they will not be as widespread. They will be most likely near and over the mountains, and a few of the stronger storms could produce large hail and damaging wind. The warmth comes back in full force, but wind could return for the second half of the weekend, too. That will will persist Monday and into Tuesday and could contribute to an increasing fire risk into early next week.

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