Weather Alert Day: Severe storms in the plains, flooding possible tonight

Posted at 6:13 AM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 09:02:09-04

Today’s Forecast:
Monsoon fueled rains come back into the forecast today, and some of them could be quite strong to severe across the plains. Storms will move east out of the mountains and push into the Pikes Peak region. More scattered storms will pop south along the southern I-25 corridor and move east into the plains, where a few storms will likely turn severe with large hail and strong winds. The severe threats are greatest today east of I–25 and south of highway 50. Tonight more rain will push into the area, especially up in the Pikes Peak region through the Palmer Divide. Flooding from heavy rain will be the largest threat to watch for tonight.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 75; Low – 55. A light shower or two is possible this morning but the first big push of rain should come after 12pm today. Several round of rain will occur off and on through the city from the afternoon to the early evening. Tonight a bigger push of heavy rain will move through the city, mainly after 7pm. Heavy rain and flooding will be a big possibility from storms tonight as storms will likely keep going through midnight.

PUEBLO: High – 82; Low – 54. Scattered and isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible through Pueblo off and on this afternoon. The best chance of rain occurs tonight as a large wave passes through southern Colorado. Moderate to heavy rain is possible tonight but for now flooding risks look pretty low.

CANON CITY: High – 80; Low – 60. Several round of showers and thunderstorms are possible in and around Canon City, but northern Fremont county has the best chance for the heaviest rain today and tonight. Flooding will be possible through Canon City tonight, especially if a few afternoon storms drop heavy rain.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 67; Low – 48. While a couple light rains are possible this morning, several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are possible through Woodland Park today and tonight. Storms later this afternoon will drop moderate to heavy rain with lightning and possibly small hail. Rain will likely be much heavier and constant through the overnight hours and that means flooding concerns increase.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. While a couple light rains are possible this morning, scattered showers and thunderstorms off and on from the afternoon through the overnight hours. Rain could be heavy this afternoon at times but the heaviest rain will likely fall tonight through midnight.

PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will push through the plains later today and then again tonight, but severe chances are strongest later today. If you live south of highway 50 and east of I-25, prepare for the possibility of severe storms from the mid afternoon through the early evening. A second round of rain and showers will move through tonight, but most of the rain will be up by the Palmer Divide with only lighter showers out east of Pueblo.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will fall this afternoon with a much smaller chance for rain this evening. As storms pass east of I-25 they will likely become severe, especially through Las Animas county. A few heavier storms this afternoon will probably fall in the mountains west of Walsenburg and Trinidad.

There may be some rain left over Wednesday morning, but most of the rain tonight will probably leave the area by your drive into work. More showers and storms are expected Wednesday afternoon, but isolated heavy rain and flooding will be the only thing to watch for, especially in areas that get a huge rain today and tonight. We’ll dry out for the rest of the week with HOT weather coming to the state fair, remember it starts on Friday!