Hot at the State Fair with severe storms east across the plains

Pikes Peak Sunset
Posted at 6:10 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 14:32:52-04

Today’s Forecast:
The state fair kicks off in Pueblo today, and it's going to be hot out there! Storm chances are pretty low over Pueblo, but against the mountains, Pikes Peak Region, Raton Mesa, and plains east of Pueblo, it'll get pretty active later today. Severe storms are expected in areas east of La Junta this afternoon through the evening. Large hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado are all possible in storms later today.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High - 85; Low - 53. Warm with scattered storms from the afternoon through the end of the day. Dry air will work to prevent rain from falling at first, but storms with lightning and still expected at some point after 4 pm.

PUEBLO: High - 93; Low - 55. Hot for the opening day of the state fair with stronger winds through the end of the day. Isolated storms can't be ruled out, but it's more likely Pueblo stays dry today and tonight.

CANON CITY: High - 92; Low - 58. Hot with showers and thunderstorms possible in the mid to late afternoon with dry skies overnight. Any storms that move through town should stay non-severe.

WOODLAND PARK: High - 79; Low - 48. Warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with dry and chilly skies tonight.

TRI-LAKES: High - 80s; Low - 50s. Isolated storms possible just after lunch with more scattered storms though the mid afternoon and end of the day. Severe weather is not expected in the Tri-Lakes, but storms could become rather strong or even severe just east of the area along the Palmer Divide in northeast El Paso County. Just be on alert and watch the skies close.

PLAINS: High - 90s; Low - 60s. Severe thunderstorms are expected generally east of La Junta this afternoon and early this evening. Storms will likely move east off the Palmer Divide and Raton Mesa areas, becoming severe as they enter Crowly, Kiowa, as well as Las Animas and Baca Counties. Large hail, winds over 70 mph, and even an isolated tornado or two are the biggest storm threats later today and this evening.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High - 80s; Low - 50s. Showers and thunderstorms move out of the mountains through the southern I-25 corridor in the afternoon, and then again through the end of the day. Storms should stay non-severe from Walsenburg to Trinidad, with mild flooding concerns for the Spring burn scar.

Extended Outlook:
Dry skies take over from Saturday through the early part of next week. Record heat is possible with highs in Colorado Springs near 93 and Pueblo closer to 101.