Weather - Forecast

Jul 29, 2014 9:07 AM by Stephen Bowers

Tuesday Weather: Flash Flood Risk Increasing Today

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of the News 5 viewing area from noon today until 6 PM tomorrow.

Humidity is high, indicating the air is loaded with moisture. Combine that with an upper level low pressure wave already bringing rainfall to the Western Slope and a stationary front draped along the I-25 corridor all complimented with an intensifying upslope breeze this afternoon, and the stage is set for a round of widespread heavy rainfall increasing the threat of dangerous flash flooding.

High temperatures today will be in the 70's and 80's. Some sun will shine early today, but by noon clouds will build so that spotty showers are beginning over higher elevations west of I-25. Those showers will build throughout the afternoon in both intensity and in areal coverage along I-25. After 3-4 PM the heavy rain will spread eastward onto the Plains. Temperatures will warm more in the Plains since rain will likely hold off until well after the time of maximum heating.

Another round of rain along with unseasonably cool temperatures are in the works for tomorrow. After tomorrow we go back to a summer time pattern favoring afternoon and evening thunderstorms through the weekend as temperatures gradually warm.

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