Storms expected Saturday afternoon

Lightning over Colorado Springs
Posted at 5:35 AM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 19:43:18-04

Today’s Forecast:

Severe Outlook Today
Severe outlook 5/7/2021

Today is going to be hot with a chance for isolated showers and storms in the afternoon. Dry air off the mountains will prevent most along the I-25 corridor from seeing any rain, but as storms move farther east into the plains, there will be more moisture to work with.

We'll see the best chance for storms in eastern Las Animas and Baca Counties today, and storms could be strong if not severe in those areas.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 80; Low: 48. Hot today with sunny skies in the morning and increasing clouds through the afternoon. Isolated showers or thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon but really dry air would make it hard for much rain to actually hit the ground.

PUEBLO: High: 88; Low: 48. Hot today with a pretty strong change we stay dry.

CANON CITY: High: 85; Low: 51. Warm with a small chance for an isolated shower or storm in the afternoon.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 73; Low: 42. Isolated showers or thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon but severe weather isn't expected.

TRI-LAKES: High: 70s; Low: 40s. Nice temperatures with a small chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon.

PLAINS: High: 80/90s; Low: 50s. Hot and dry until the mid to late afternoon when isolated thunderstorms could develop. Severe chances are best east of Crowley and Otero Counties, as well as eastern Las Animas and Baca counties. Any stray severe storms today would probably fall in Baca and Prowers counties with hail and strong winds as the main two threats.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 80s; Low: 40s. Hot and breezy with a small chance for isolated showers or thunderstorms.

MOUNTAINS: High: 60s; Low: 40s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the afternoon with lightning and gusty winds as the main threat to any hikers.

Extended Outlook:

Severe Storm Outlook
Severe potential Saturday 5/8/2021

Strong to severe storms are likely Saturday afternoon along and behind a cold front. We'll start seeing storms in northern El Paso county around 2 to 3 pm and they will then get stronger as they move east and southeast through 7 pm.

Snow Model Comparison
Snow modeling for Sunday night - Tuesday 5/9 - 5/11/2021

Snow is going to return to Colorado's Front Range Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Snow levels will easily drop to 7,000 feet Monday night through Tuesday morning, but we're starting to gain confidence that the levels could drop as low as downtown Colorado Springs.

While it's too early for accurate snow totals, we do think northern El Paso and Teller Counties are somewhere in the 4 to 8 inch range for snow.

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