Storms are back in the forecast, and today they have a pretty good chance at being severe. The most likely areas to see severe weather will be in the eastern plains, mainly across eastern Pueblo county, Crowley, Otero, Bent and Las Animas counties. Quarter size hail, strong outflow winds and heavy rain will be the main storm threats to watch for later today. Storms are definitely possible in the Pikes Peak region, but isolated heavy rain is probably the biggest threat to watch for in those storms.
COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 81; Low – 56. Any storms we see today start west in the mountains over Teller county and then push east through the city. The south side of the city currently has the best chance at seeing rain, but a few models are supporting rain up through the north side. The timing for storms this afternoon looks to be after 2pm, with the main wave of storms gone by 4pm. It looks like we could see a few storms move back through the city around 5 to 6pm with dry weather expected through the evening. Storms should not be severe in Springs but we’ll have to watch for heavy rain causing isolated flooding and small hail.
PUEBLO: High – 87; Low – 60. Pueblo looks like it’s going to get a good shot of heavy rain later this afternoon. Storms will move east through the city from Fremont county packing heavy rain, lightning and possibly hail up to a quarter in size. Storms look to cross through the city between 3 to 4pm with scattered showers behind the main line of storms possible through 6pm.
CANON CITY: High – 84; Low – 61. Scattered showers and thunderstorms looks likely around and through Canon City this afternoon, starting sometime after 1pm and likely happening off and on through 6pm. At times a few of these storms could produce heavy rain and small hail, but the severe threats are best well east of the city towards Pueblo county.
WOODLAND PARK: High – 74; Low – 50. Scattered and spotty thunderstorms are possible in Woodland Park, even though most modeling shows central and southern Teller county getting most of the rain today. Storms will start in the area around 1pm and then move east to El Paso county. Heavy rain, lightning and small hail would be the main threats from storms.
TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Isolated rain and thunderstorms are possible through the afternoon and early evening in the Tri Lakes area, but through the afternoon especially, most of the moisture is located south through Colorado Springs. Any rain today and tonight could be heavy with lightning also a big threat.
PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 60s. The plains have the best chance for severe weather with heavy rain, quarter size hail, and strong outflow winds the most likely severe threats. Storms will probably be heaviest in eastern Pueblo county, Crowley, Otero, Bent and eastern Las Animas counties. Timing seems to have storms leaving Pueblo county after generally after 4pm with a few scattered showers possible into the early evening.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Strong to possibly severe storms will be rolling off the mountains west of the I-25 corridor and push east through Las Animas county, where they have the best chance at being severe. Storms look first to form around the Trinidad area, but more coverage will fill the interstate from Walsenburg back down through Trinidad after 1pm and push east after 3pm. Heavy rain, lightning and small hail are the main threats in this area.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK OR NEXT WEATHER MAKER:
Thursday we’re looking at another chance for storms, but most of that activity will be back out towards the mountains and areas just east of the slopes. Friday and Saturday we see a better surge of monsoon moisture and energy working together to provide bigger thunderstorms and heavy rain. The weekend looks pretty good by Sunday, we’ll see dry and cool weather with Monday sharing the same forecast.