Thursday Forecast: Storms primarily out in the mountains

Posted at 6:17 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 08:39:01-04

Today’s Forecast:
We’re not quite done with rain across southern Colorado, but the good news is, most of the rain we’ll see today stays west into the high country. Most modeling supports an isolated thunderstorm clipping areas just east of the mountains like Colorado Springs or even Canon City, but generally we’ll see most of the rain in the mountains around Lake and Chaffee counties, down the Sangre De Cristos and in the San Juan range.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 81; Low – 56. Simply beautiful today with only a small chance for a few isolated, non severe thunderstorms this afternoon. If we’re going to see any rain in Colorado Springs the chances are best between 3 to 6pm, but keep in mind the best chances remain 20 miles or more west of the city. A few models are suggesting a couple isolated showers or thunderstorms could creep into our western slopes around 9 to 10pm tonight, but that chance will stay fairly low.

PUEBLO: High – 87; Low – 59. Pueblo should plan on a fantastic day with dry and fairly warm skies. Chances for rain in Pueblo look practically at zero since most of the high terrain is so far west of the city. We’ll keep clear and cool skies through the evening.

CANON CITY: High – 84; Low – 60. Isolated and scattered storms are possible through Canon City later this afternoon, but the better areas for rain are to the higher terrain north, south and especially west of the city. If Canon does actually see any rain, storms are expected to be non severe, just a good quick rain. Tonight rain might be able to push closer to the city after 9pm.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 73; Low – 48. Teller county including towns like Woodland Park has the best chance for seeing rain in the Pikes Peak region today. The bulk of the storms today will favor western Teller county in towns like Divide and even Cripple Creek, but off and on rains are possible through the afternoon in Woodland, a few of these rains could be heavy. Tonight Woodland Park could grab a few more isolated showers and thunderstorms after 8pm.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Like Colorado Springs, while there is a very small chance at an isolated afternoon shower, it’s much more likely we’ll stay dry over the Tri Lakes area. Temperatures will be perfect today with more afternoon cloud cover keeping things a touch cooler for the second half of the day.

PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 60s. Gorgeous weather is expected across the plains today. It’ll be dry with plenty of sunshine and highs well into the upper 80s with a stray 90 or two out by Lamar.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Mainly dry on the southern I-25 corridor but the mountains to the west of Walsenburg are expected to grab some isolated showers and thunderstorms. There could be some heavy rain on a few slopes out west, so areas like the Spring burn scar will need to be watched.

The forecast will be nothing short of beautiful for the next four days. Northeast flow up in the atmosphere will help keep dry and cool winds moving through Colorado, and that means the highs will be perfect with Colorado Springs staying in the low 80s and Pueblo right around 90. No rain is in the forecast until closer to Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.