Hot and smoky with strong to severe storms later today

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 14:36:09-04

Today’s Forecast:
We are going to see hot and smoky skies across Colorado today, with strong to severe storms coming back in the mid to late afternoon. Storms will likely be strong to severe today, with the biggest storm risks being hail, strong winds, and lightning-induced fires.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 93; Low: 60. It will be hot and smoky in Colorado Springs today, with storms developing in the mid to late afternoon and pushing across the city, possibly in two waves, through the early evening. If storms get severe in town, quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds are the two main threats.

PUEBLO: High: 98; Low: 62. Very hot and a bit smoky through Pueblo today with storms likely in the mid to late afternoon. There could be two rounds of storms in Pueblo, one mid-afternoon and a second one towards the end of the day. Both rounds could be strong to severe, with quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds as our main storm threats.

CANON CITY: High: 95; Low: 61. Very hot and smoky today, especially out closer to northern Fremont County with storms likely in the mid to late afternoon. Storms today will probably not be severe, but they could still be strong and pack hail up to a nickel in size, and 50 mph storm outflow winds.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 82; Low: 53. Warm and very smoky today with high fire danger, despite good rain chances later today. There will be a different chances for thunderstorms in the afternoon with spotty heavy rain, lightning, and dime to nickel sized hail as the main storm threats. Lightning sparked fires are a big concern in Teller County today.

TRI-LAKES: High: 80s; Low: 50s. Hot and smoky today with two rounds of storms, one in the mid-afternoon and a second towards the end of the day. Storms could be on the strong side with dime to nickel sized hail, strong winds, and plenty of lightning.

PLAINS: High: 90s; Low: 60s. Very hot today with showers and storms moving across the plains this evening, some of which could be strong to severe. Severe chances are best in Crowley, Otero, and central to eastern Las Animas county early this evening, but as storms move closer to Kansas after 8 pm, the severe chances decrease. Heavy rain, lighting, and nickel to quarter size hail will be our main threats, along with strong winds.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 90s; Low: 60s. It's going to be hot and smoky at times today with a chance for showers and storms, mainly at the end of the day. Storm chances will be much higher west of both towns in the mountains, where lightning spark fires and burn scar flooding concerns are high. Storms could be strong in Walsenburg and Trinidad with quarter-sized hail and strong winds as the main threats.

Extended Outlook:
Storms will likely be strong to severe again Thursday, but maybe with a touch more rain across the region. We'll be dry on Friday and Saturday with hot air staying in the forecast well into next week. Isolated storms will be possible this coming Sunday and early next week on Tuesday.