May 7, 2014 7:32 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of the News 5 viewing area from 9 AM to 10 PM today. A Red Flag Warning means weather conditions are favorable for fires to start and spread quickly, and any burning should be delayed until better weather conditions exist.
We have been tracking area of low pressure to our west all week as it dropped southward along the Pacific Coast from Washington to California. That low pressure is headed east now, but it dropped south a little more than expected before taking that turn toward the east. A track farther south will continue to favor rain for El Paso and Teller Counties tomorrow. We have said that all week, but this track to the south could also favor a little more rain along the Arkansas Valley in areas like Pueblo and Cañon City tomorrow.
For today, expect high temperatures in the 70's with 60's in the high elevations and low 80's in the Southeastern Plains. Stepping through the day hour by hour, 7 AM shows temperatures mainly in the 50's with 40's in the high elevations. By 10 AM, we warm into the 60's and 70's and even with slow warming we mainly stay in the 60's and 70's around noon with 80's for the Plains. The 2 PM to 5 PM period shows the most warming, but even still we only make it into the 70's for most areas along I-25 with 80's in the Plains. Nearing 5 PM, we could also see a few showers develop from western Colorado Springs through Teller County. The bulk of the rain will hold off until tomorrow.
Tomorrow is the rainy and cool day. After that, we have a could of mixed sun & cloud days with warming temperatures for Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, another disturbance that we've been tracking this week moves through. There are increasing signs that the Sunday system could have a little more moisture with it than we have been thinking, so Sunday could be a little soggy. Saturday will be the better half of the weekend. Some rain could linger into Monday, but Monday shows clearing of the rain even though clouds likely will linger.