Weather Alert Day: Heavy rain, hail a possibility in storms today

Posted at 6:21 AM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 14:54:11-04

Today’s Forecast:
Heavy rain is looking very likely for southern Colorado as well as a small chance for severe thunderstorms. As storms form over the mountains and push southeast into the I-25 corridor, they will run into pockets of energy. This energy will help to spark strong to even severe storms along the I-25 corridor and just east to the central plains. Hail up to 1 inch, strong winds and heavy rains are the biggest storms threats today. Storms will move east into Kansas tonight and we’ll be dry by Saturday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 80; Low – 56. Showers and thunderstorms are on the way this afternoon. There is a possibility we could see severe weather through the city with quarter size hail and heavy rain as the biggest storm threats over the city. The bulk of the rain and thunderstorms looks to move in after 3pm, but we could see a few early storms after 1pm, especially over and near the mountains. We should be completely dry over the city after 8pm.

PUEBLO: High – 86; Low – 61. Like Colorado Springs, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible in Pueblo at the end of the day today through the early evening. Storms will push in from Fremont county, with very heavy rain looking to fall in between Canon City and Pueblo along highway 50. Storms could pack heavy rain and hail up to 1 inch in size. Storms should move in mainly after 4 to 5pm and leave by 9pm tonight.

CANON CITY: High – 84; Low – 61. Storms with heavy rain and possibly hail will try and push through Canon City this afternoon. Storms will be heaviest east of Canon City, but heavy rain and hail up to a quarter in size can’t be ruled out over town today. Storms look to move in mainly after 3pm today and leave by 6 to 7pm.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 73; Low – 50. Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast through Woodland Park today, and a few of them could be on the strong side. Heavy rain and lightning is the biggest threat for Woodland Park, but hail up to a nickle is size is also possible, southern Teller county has a better chance of seeing large hail up to a quarter in size.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Showers and thunderstorms look likely over the Tri Lakes area later today and tonight, but severe chances are pretty low. Heavy rain and small hail would be the most likely threats for any storms that move through the area. Storms will start moving in after 2pm with off and on rain through 7pm.

PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 60s. An active afternoon and evening for the plains with severe weather possible later today and tonight. Storms have the best chances of being severe just east of the I-25 corridor through Lincoln, Crowley, Otero and Bent counties, but several strong storms tonight will push into the Kansas border. Large hail up to a quarter in size with heavy rain are the most likely severe threats. Storms should generally move out of El Paso and Pueblo counties after 5pm and move east through the overnight hours.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Showers and thunderstorms will move out of the Sangre De Cristos into the southern I-25 corridor this afternoon to the end of the day. A few showers and storms could drop heavy rain, but severe weather chances are very low through the Walsenburg to Trinidad area. Storms will start showing up around 1pm or so and leave to the east around 6pm. A few scattered showers through 10pm are also possible.

Saturday is the next active day in southern Colorado with a much better chance for widespread severe weather. Storms will once again start over the mountains and push east/southeast through the interstate and plains. Large hail up to 1 to 1.5 inches is possible with damaging wind and heavy rain. Flooding could be an issue Saturday for areas that see heavy rain later today. Sunday will be windy and much cooler as a cold front races through the state, but at least we’ll be dry!