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Weather Alert Day: Large hail, strong winds and high fire danger across southern Colorado

Posted: 5:59 AM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 07:59:27-04

Today’s Forecast:
Severe weather with high fire danger dominates the weather across southern Colorado early today through the end of the afternoon. Storms are most likely in the Pikes Peak region early this afternoon, between 11am through 2pm, and then across the plains anytime after 2pm. Storms will likely be severe today with large hail and strong winds as the primary threat in the Pikes Peak region. Across the plains larger hail and stronger winds are likely, we cannot rule out the threat for an isolated tornado. Red Flag Warnings are in effect through the Front Range from Teller county down through Fremont, Custer, Huerfano and Las Animas counties till 8pm.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 81; Low – 55. Storms look likely around noon through the early afternoon. Storms will move in from Teller county and pass east across the city. Storms will likely be powerful with large hail (quarter but possibly egg sized), strong winds and heavy rain. Timing for storms looks to be between 12 to 2pm but a few stragglers may pass through the city anytime after 2pm.

PUEBLO: High – 90; Low – 57. The city of Pueblo will likely stay dry today BUT if any storms dip into the north side of the city, large hail and strong winds are possible. The more likely area for storms is northern Pueblo county up along the county line.

CANON CITY: High – 88; Low – 57. Likely just staying hot and dry across Canon City today. Cooler with clearing skies tonight.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 76; Low – 46. Showers and storms look to push into Woodland Park around 11am to noon and they will likely pack lots of lightning, sporadic heavy rain, hail and gusty winds. Hail sizes could range from dime to nickle sized but severe quarter size is also possible.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 40s. Strong to severe storms are possible through the early afternoon with large hail and gusty winds the most likely threats. Timing would likely be anytime after 12pm but storms would be strongest east of the Tri Lakes along the Palmer Divide.

PLAINS: High – 90s; Low – 50s/60s. Hot with severe storms likely through the afternoon. All counties east of El Paso and Pueblo have the risk for large hail, strong winds with gusts over 60 mph and even an isolated tornado. Timing is likely any time after 2pm through 6pm.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 90s; Low – 50s. Windy with high fire danger through the afternoon. Storms may spark today off the Raton Mesa but any storm action would likely be well east deeper into Las Animas county where more humid air exists.


WEEKEND OUTLOOK OR NEXT WEATHER MAKER
Storms chances return for Sunday with bigger heat coming through next week.


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