Weather Alert Day: Strong to severe storms still possible today and tonight

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 13:10:50-04

Today’s Forecast:
Storms still seem on track today across southern Colorado. Monsoon moisture will push into the mountains and eventually move east as larger storms across the I-25 corridor and plains. If it feels muggy out there, it’s because it is, and that will only help storms pump out heavier rain through the afternoon. Severe weather still looks likely as storms move into the I-25 corridor and east from there. Damaging wind and hail are two of the primary threats, but these cells will also likely pack quite a bit of lightning as they move through the region. Flooding is mainly a concern for burn scar areas.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 86; Low – 60. Warm and muggy up until rain pushes into the city. Storm timing looks to be anytime after 3pm and last through at least 6pm tonight. Storms will probably be strongest when they first start moving through the city. With our elevation, hail is a bit more of a concern than damaging winds.

PUEBLO: High – 93; Low – 64. Hot and muggy until the rain moves in. For now, storms still look likely in Pueblo, but not until some time after 4pm. Heavy rain, large hail, and damaging winds are all possible from storms later today and tonight.

CANON CITY: High – 90; Low – 65. Storms still look likely through Canon City this afternoon into the very early evening. Storms look likely anytime after 2pm and will probably be strongest through the city anytime between 3 to 4pm. Severe weather is possible but not quite as likely over Canon City, hail and some strong winds are still something to watch for.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 77; Low – 51. Storms still seem on track for Woodland Park anytime after 1pm. A few models have an isolated storm or two forming in the general area around noon, but the main line of storms seems to want to move in closer to 1:30pm. Severe weather is possible, but not quite as likely over Woodland Park compared to Colorado Springs. Large hail would be the bigger threat to Woodland Park.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s/80s; Low – 50s. Storms are still possible later today with the timing similar to Colorado Springs. Severe weather is possible with large hail and strong winds as the biggest threat, along with plenty of lightning.

PLAINS: High – 90s; Low – 60s. Hot and muggy today with storms to follow into the overnight hours. A broken line of storms should push out of El Paso, Pueblo, and western Las Animas counties and move east through the plains generally after 5pm tonight. Storms could easily pack quite a bit of lightning and heavy rain. Storms have the best chance of being severe north of highway 50 with damaging winds and large hail as the main threats.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s/60s. Storms with heavy rain, lightning, and small to moderate hail are all possible this afternoon through the early evening. Timing looks to be anytime after 2pm through around 5 to 6pm. Flooding in the Spring burn scar areas will once again be a large possibility.

The heat returns Wednesday and Thursday with Thursday now looking like the hottest day of the week. Temperatures on Thursday will be within one degree of the record for both Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Monsoon moisture seems to return late Friday with daily storm chances lasting into early next week.


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