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Scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and again this evening

Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 26, 2019

Today’s Forecast:
Two chances of rain today, the first happening through the afternoon and the second again through the evening. We’ll be warm outside and there’s going to be a bit more moisture in the air compared to the last few days. That is going to be a good recipe for rain and thunderstorms to start over the mountains and then push east into the eastern plains. Storms east of El Paso and Pueblo counties could be strong and quite possibly severe this afternoon, but really only small hail and gusty winds are the big threats with plenty of lightning. The second round of rain this evening would have far less lightning and is more likely to bring rain to Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 73; Low – 47. Dry and nice in the morning with chances for scattered showers anytime after lunch through the afternoon and once again in the evening after 6 pm. Severe weather is not expected but plenty of lightning and perhaps some very small, pea-sized hail is possible in any afternoon storms.

PUEBLO: High – 81; Low – 50.  Dry and gorgeous through the morning with a small chance for storms in the afternoon and again this evening. Rain chances are small over town because you’re so far from the mountains but most modeling does support at least one or two thunderstorms getting pretty close to town later today/tonight.

CANON CITY: High – 77; Low – 49. Much like Pueblo, dry and gorgeous during the morning with a small chance for rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Rain this afternoon and this evening is much more likely north and south of town in and around the mountains, but bring an umbrella to work just in case.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 64; Low – 38. Dry and sunny to start the day with cloud building in for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Storms later today and tonight will not be very strong, but we could see quite a bit of lightning in the region, so be very careful if you wanted to do a hike today.

TRI-LAKES: High – 60s; Low – 40s. Dry and sunny in the morning with clouds through the afternoon and a small chance for the afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Chances for rain are best in the mountains west of the Tri-Lakes and south into Colorado Springs, but bring an umbrella to work just in case.

PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Dry in the morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon and again in the evening. We’ll have more energy than we’ve had in quite a while, and storms for all areas east of El Paso and Pueblo counties, as well as central and eastern Las Animas to Baca counties, could see strong to even severe weather. Hail up to nickel in size could fall with strong gusty winds and lots of lightning, mainly in afternoon thunderstorms.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 70s; Low – 40s. Dry in the morning with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and then again this evening. Severe weather is not expected but plenty of lightning is possible, especially with afternoon thunderstorms.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
Storm chances return Saturday afternoon, once again starting around the eastern slopes and then moving east to the I-25 corridor and then the plains. The winds will be pretty strong during the day on Saturday but much lighter in the evening after any storms in the region die off. Sunday will be cloudy and dry but overnight rain is going to drop in with a very strong cold front and possibly change to snow in the higher elevations. Next week is going to feature days of rain and even some snow in the lower elevations, but as of now, it doesn’t look like much of a snow impact.