LIVE Blog: Heavy rain & severe weather likely today and tonight

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Posted at 1:45 PM, May 17, 2021

7:10 p.m. | Storms are becoming more numerous across the Pikes Peak Region this evening. Expect periods of heavy rain, small hail and lots of lightning for the next few hours. Be safe!

6:37 p.m. | A Flash Flood Warning is now in from Cascade south into the west side of Colorado Springs. Heavy runoff and dangerous flooding are either occurring now or are imminent.

6:18 p.m. |Storm cell popping up on the west side of Colorado Springs, extending up through the Ute Pass. Looks like heavy rain and small hail with this one.

5:30 p.m. | Flash Flood Warning in effect for the metro Pueblo region until 7:15 p.m. Avoid flooded areas until the water recedes.

5:17 p.m. | Strong storm cell passing directly over the Pueblo area right now. Plenty of lightning shelter!

4:45 p.m. | Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pueblo County has been canceled. Hail threat has diminished, but heavy rain is still likely in the Pueblo area after 5 p.m.

4:30 p.m. | Small hail in Penrose

4:18 p.m. | Watching this storm over Penrose closely. Showing signs of rotation, along with dime size hail and very heavy rainfall.

3:55 p.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Pueblo area. Main threats will include quarter size hail, very heavy rain and 60 mph wind gusts. Storm is moving in a northeasterly direction at only 15 mph.

3:43 p.m. | Elevated flash flood risk right now in southwestern Fremont County and the Canon City area. Our weather cams are showing some flooding downtown.

3:05 p.m. | Our first Severe Thunderstorm Warning of the day has been issued for a line of storms over southwestern Las Animas County. Hail right now southwest of Starkville and over Hoehne.

2:45 p.m. | Currently no weather warnings for Canon City, but it's a soaker out there this afternoon.

2:25 p.m. | A line of storms over the Junkins Fire Burn Scar has prompted a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Custer and Pueblo counties until 5:15 p.m. Avoid flooded out areas if/when possible!

2:05 p.m. |Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the following counties: Pueblo, Crowley, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca. Main threats will be isolated large hail, gusty winds, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes.

2:00 p.m. | Flash Flood Warning in effect for the Spring Fire Burn Scar until 4:45 p.m. Big Branch and Indian Creek should be prepared for possible debris flows.

Quick Forecast:
Rain, thunderstorms, and even some severe weather is expected later today and tonight across southern Colorado.

Storms will be developing through the lunch hour and early afternoon down around the Sangre De Cristos, Wet Mountains, and Trinidad area before they expand up north to Pueblo and out east across the plains.

Severe Outlook

Severe weather is likely today, but mostly in areas south of Highway 50 and east of I-25.

Hail is very possible in storms over the southern mountains, but hail in any cells along I-25 and east through Las Animas and southern Otero counties could be larger and reach the 1 to 2 inch size.

Isolated tornadoes will be possible in storms as they spread out east to the I-25 corridor in or south of Walsenburg, but especially east through Las Animas county.

Flash Flood Watch
Flooding threats over the southern mountains and burn scars. The Spring burn scar is especially prone.

Flooding will be a concern mostly over the mountains, but also through some of the lower elevations that saw heavy rain over the weekend, such as Pueblo.

In the mountains, we're most worried about burn scar flooding, particularly in and around the Spring Burn Scar near La Veta.

Storms will move east and weaken away from severe parameters overnight, but we could still see heavy widespread rain will into midnight.

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