Weather Alert Day: Heavy storms with flash flood concerns

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 07:27:38-04

Today’s Forecast:
Monsoon moisture makes a return today with the mountains grabbing the bulk of our moisture through the afternoon. Storms will start in the mountains and then gradually get steered into the I-25 corridor through the late afternoon and early evening. The plains will also eventually get a good soak from the late day through the evening. Flash Flood Watches are in effect through 9pm tonight across the southeast mountains due to flooding concerns on the Spring, Junkins and Hayden Pass burn scars. It would only take a few tenths of an inch of rain to get debris moving, especially along the Spring burn scar.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 85; Low – 60. Storms possible from the afternoon through the overnight hours. Unfortunately, most modeling has Colorado Springs missing out on quite a bit of the rain with band forming around, but not in the city. Still with how much moisture will move into the mountains, bringing rain gear for pop up afternoon and overnight storms is a great idea.

PUEBLO: High – 94; Low – 66. Late afternoon and overnight storms look likely for Pueblo with heavy rain and lightning some of the main threats. Flash flooding concerns are low due to the dry ground being ready to soak up a lot of moisture. Expect it to be hot since the rain won’t arrive till the late afternoon.

CANON CITY: High – 89; Low – 66. Late afternoon and overnight storms look very likely through Fremont county. The mountains will grab some of the heaviest rain, but modeling does steer rain into Canon City and eventually east to areas like Penrose and Florence.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 75; Low – 52. Heavy rain looks fairly likely across Teller county, including Woodland Park, from the afternoon to the early evening hours. Flash flooding is a minor concern for a few areas around Teller, but the main area to watch is the High Chateau burn scar. It would only take a few tenths of an inch of rain over that fresh burn scar to get debris flow going.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Spotty showers and thunderstorms are possible through the afternoon and early evening hours. The main threats would be an isolated heavy rain with lightning.

PLAINS: High – 90s; Low – 60s. Late day and overnight rains are expected through the plains as thunderstorms cross from the mountains east over the I-25 corridor. Lightning and heavy rain would be the primary threats from storms, flash flooding is not anticipated.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 60s. Heavy rain and flash flooding risks are present today, especially for areas west of the I-25 corridor. Heavy rains along the steep terrain could easily cause flooding. The Spring burn scar will be the main area to watch today for flooding risks as it will only take a couple tenths of an inch of rain to get debris flowing.

Monsoon moisture returns Friday with the mountains once again seeing the bulk of our afternoon rain. A cool front passing Friday night may spark additional thunderstorms across the lower elevations. Storm chances are lower on Saturday but Sunday more rain looks to move through southern Colorado.


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