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Weather Alert Day: Strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Posted: 5:05 AM, May 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-18 07:05:02-04

Today’s Forecast:
Strong and severe thunderstorms are possible across the Pikes Peak region this afternoon with large, damaging hail and some strong winds being the primary threat. Areas south of El Paso county like Pueblo and a few counties to the east could also see storms generate today (hail and strong winds would also be the threat if those storms develop), but the main area for strong storms is expected to be around the Pikes Peak region. Storms will initiate around 2 to 3 pm and then move east through the afternoon with most of our area staying dry tonight after the storms pass. We’ll be windy and cold tonight with even cooler air settling in for the weekend.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 67; Low – 33. Storms are expected to develop in the area around 2 to 3pm this afternoon. Heavy rain, lightning are expected from these storms but the main risks if storms become severe will be damaging hail and strong winds. Storms will likely be active in the area for around 2 to 3 hours after they develop and we’ll be dry but for most of tonight.

PUEBLO: High – 67; Low – 33. Storms are most likely over the Pikes Peak region, but Pueblo certainly still has a chance of strong storms this afternoon. If storms can actually develop, timing looks to be around 3pm and they will move north and east from the area over the following 2 hours. Large hail and strong winds would be possible from these storms.

CANON CITY: High – 67; Low – 33. We’re expecting mainly hot and dry conditions over Canon City with gusty winds through the afternoon and evening.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 67; Low – 33. Rain and thunderstorms are possible in Woodland Park but cooler temperatures make the strong storm threat lower. Storms should initiate in the area around 2 to 3 pm and move east into El Paso over the following couple hours. Heavy rain, lightning and small hail are the main threats but a few storms could produce hail up near nickle size.

TRI-LAKES: High – 67; Low – 33. Storms are expected to develop in the area around 2 to 3pm this afternoon. Heavy rain, lightning are expected from these storms but the main risks if storms become severe will be damaging hail and strong winds. Storms will likely be active in the area for around 2 to 4 hours after they develop and we’ll be dry but windy for most of tonight.

PLAINS: High – 67; Low – 33. Storms are possible this afternoon into the evening especially for areas near the Kansas border. If storms form Kiowa county and areas to the north would be the most likely area to see them develop, large hail and strong winds are possible but an isolated weak tornado cannot be ruled out.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 67; Low – 33. We’re expecting mainly hot and dry conditions over in these areas with gusty winds through the afternoon and evening.


WEEKEND OUTLOOK OR NEXT WEATHER MAKER
The weekend will be much colder and rainy with temperatures dropping into 50s and 60s across the lower elevations and 40s in the mountains. Rain will be possible on Saturday, especially across the higher terrain with cooler and stable air across the low elevations quickly trying to make the rain die out. Sunday we’ll see a better chance for afternoon rain and a few thunderstorms but we’ll continue seeing cool temperatures. Next week there are a few storms possible early in the week with big heat returning by Wednesday and Thursday.


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