Weather Alert Day: More soaking rain with severe storms in the plains

Posted at 6:22 AM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-28 08:22:04-04

Today’s Forecast:
As we’ve been saying all week, storms are once again back in the forecast! Today we have a good chance for severe weather across the eastern plains, but areas along I-25 should still be cautious for strong thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. Storms will start over the mountains and move east through the day. In the plains where severe storms are most likely, the biggest threats to watch for will be damaging wind and hail with an isolated tornado possible in Kiowa and Prowers counties. Storms will dry out tonight and we’ll get the clouds to clear out and give us a more widespread and sunny start to Sunday.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 79; Low – 56. Storms start in the mountains west of the city and move into Colorado Springs generally between 1 to 2pm with off and on storms through the afternoon. A second round of showers and isolated thunderstorms looks to push through around 7pm tonight. A few storms could be strong over the Springs today, with strong winds, 1" hail and isolated flash flooding as our biggest threats.

PUEBLO: High – 90; Low – 61. Storms will push into Pueblo this afternoon with the timing looking to be right around 3pm and last off and on through the afternoon. Storms could be pretty strong over Pueblo with heavy rain, small to medium sized hail and strong winds as our biggest threats. A second round of showers and storms looks possible tonight mainly after 8 or 9pm.

CANON CITY: High – 86; Low – 62. Scattered showers and storms push southeast towards Canon City today. While most modeling does support rain over Canon City, several high resolution runs push most of the rain just east of the city closer to towns like Penrose and Florence. Regardless, storms could dump heavy rain, lightning and even small hail with flooding a continued concern in areas that have seen lots of rain.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 76; Low – 49. Storms show up in the high terrain around and just northwest of Woodland Park around 12:30 to 1pm today and roll southeast through Teller county towards Colorado Springs. Heavy rain, lightning and moderate hail will be the biggest threat from storms this afternoon. Storms look to be off and on through the afternoon with a second wave coming in sometime after 6pm.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Storms push in towards the Tri Lakes around 1pm this afternoon and last off and on through the day. A second round of light rain looks likely anytime after 5pm. Afternoon storms could be strong with heavy rain, lightning and moderate to large hail as the biggest threats.

PLAINS: High – 90s; Low – 60s. Severe thunderstorms look very likely in the plains today, especially east of El Paso county along a line that stretches diagonally through Crowley, Bent and Baca counties. Prowers and Kiowa county have the greatest chance for severe weather today, with very large hail, 70 or more mph winds and even isolated tornadoes. Storms will push east into the plains generally after 3pm but be strongest between 4 to 7pm. A second round of light scattered showers is possible again this evening.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Showers and thunderstorms look pretty likely in the southern mountains and I-25 corridor later today. We could see scattered storms in that area later today, especially the west side of the Sangre De Cristos, but most modeling hold the southern I-25 corridor storms off till sometime after 4 or even 5pm. Storms could be strong in this area but mainly we’re just looking at some heavy rains and lightning.

Sunday still looks like a severe and very active day across the area. Storms will be strong to even severe in the I-25 corridor Sunday afternoon, but the severe threat grow even stronger for storms that push east into the plains. Large hail, strong winds, isolated flooding are all threats in the I-25 corridor and plains, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out in areas east of El Paso and Pueblo counties. A wave of heavy rain looks to move through Sunday night, that will probably give us some rain Monday morning and hurt Monday afternoon rain chances. The rest of this coming week looks drier with only a few storms chances hanging out over the mountains..


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