High impact weather possible - severe storms with hail and flooding

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 15:58:30-04

Today’s Forecast:
Today is a potentially high impact weather day with strong to severe thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and evening hours. Some of the strongest storms are forecast to move through El Paso and northern Pueblo county late from 2 to 6 pm. As storms move south and east away from El Paso County late today and tonight, they should lose some of their strength and likely not be quite as strong or severe.

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COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 86; Low: 58. Storms should start north and northwest of the city in the mid-afternoon, likely around or after 2 pm, and push through town. 1 to 2 inch hail (quarter to golf ball size), 60 mph wind gusts, and flooding will all be possible in storms this afternoon. At the very least slow-moving, heavy rain looks very likely today.

PUEBLO: High: 92; Low: 62. Storms will move south out of El Paso County down into Pueblo County in the late afternoon. Storms will probably lose strength as they travel south and east away from El Paso County, but we could still see 1-2 inch hail, flooding, and strong winds in Pueblo County, and even the city of Pueblo itself.

CANON CITY: High: 89; Low: 63. Strong storms with heavy rain, dime to quarter-sized hail, and heavy rain are all possible in and around Canon City today, but the severe threats remain best well east of town out by I-25 in Pueblo.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 77; Low: 51. Strong, possibly severe storms will develop in northern Teller County in the early afternoon and spread east and southeast into El Paso County, growing stronger as they move into the lower elevations. Woodland Park could see heavy rain, flooding, and dime to quarter-sized hail, but severe threats do remain better east of town closer to Cascade.

TRI-LAKES: High: 80s; Low: 50s. Strong to severe storms are very possible over the Palmer Divide and Tri-Lakes region with 1 to 2 inch hail (quarter to golf ball size), 60 mph wind gusts, and flooding will all be possible this afternoon.

PLAINS: High: 90s; Low: 60s. We could see strong to severe storms with heavy rain for Otero and Crowley county at the end of the day, but severe weather chances generally go down in the evening hours as storms move east away from I-25. Crowley and Otero county are still under threats for large hail, flooding, and strong winds.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 80s; Low: 60s. Scattered storms are possible along I-25 from Walsenburg to Trinidad, but storms will likely stay west of I-25 most of the time in the mountains. There could be a few strong storms, but severe weather is not expected.

Extended Outlook:
Storms will be much more sparse and we'll be hotter along and east of I-25 from Wednesday to Thursday, with most of the moisture staying west over the mountains. We'll see monsoonal moisture run back into the region from Friday through the weekend, hopefully bringing a couple bouts of heavy rain. It'll be very wet out west in and around the mountains over the next 7 days.