Live Weather Blog: More rain expected tonight, snow expected in the mountains

Posted at 6:02 AM, May 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-12 00:43:41-04

UPDATE 10:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for El Paso County through Friday morning until 6:30 a.m. Rain is expected to continue into the early morning hours.

Areas in Teller County are still under a winter weather advisory, with moderate to heavy snow expected to accumulate over the evening hours.

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for El Paso County through Friday morning until 9 a.m. Rain is expected to continue into the early morning hours.

Power outages are still prevalent for many customers of CORE Electric. Currently the cooperative is reporting that 5,665 customers are still affected by outages across the utility cooperatives service districts.

Courtesy of CORE Electric Cooperative

UPDATE - 5:30 p.m.

More rain is expected Friday evening as more thunderstorms are expected across the Pikes Peak viewing area. Higher elevations can expect snow with parts of Teller County in a Winter Weather Advisory.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service

In Teller County snow showers are possible and will likely be mixed with thunderstorms. With some areas receiving snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Near steady temperature of 31 to 40 degrees throughout the evening. With Northwest winds 10 to 30 mph. The advisory is expected to expire at 6:00 am Friday.

Below are updated rain and snow totals for southern Colorado in the last 24 hours:

Rain Check
Rain totals across southern Colorado in the last 24 hours.
Snow Check
A look at snow totals in the last 24 hours across southern Colorado

Conditions across the viewing area Thursday saw high water, snow, and power outages. CORE Electric is reporting power outages across Teller and Park counties affecting over 7,000 people.

Courtesy of CORE Electric Cooperative

Colorado Springs Utilities has reported a couple of electric outages, as well as a water outage. To stay up to date on outages in Colorado Springs, visit the Colorado Springs Utilities Outage Map.

Courtesy of Colorado Springs Utilities
Current outages in Colorado Springs, according to Colorado Springs Utilities.

Black Hills energy also has an outage map. To stay up to date, visit the Black Hills Energy Website.

El Paso County is currently under a flood advisory. The Colorado Springs Police Department released a map of areas along I-25 and Highway 24 that are currently under a flood advisory.

Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Police Department
Areas along I-25 and Highway 24 are under a flood advisory, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

With flood advisories in effect, it's been a busy day for first responders. The Colorado Springs Fire Department rescued a man and his dog from rising waters Thursday afternoon along W. Bijou St.

CSFD Water Rescue

A couple of school districts have adjusted schedules to accommodate for the weather. Some of those districts are listed below:

  • Woodland Park Dist. RE-2 - Delayed 2 hours
  • Calhan RJ1 – Buses on storm routes

If you left your house today, you know that travel wasn’t easy. Highway 24 in Manitou Springs and Colorado 96, which travels from Pueblo to Wetmore, both shutdown momentarily due to the weather conditions.

Highway 24 Closure

Today’s Forecast:
Active weather continues in southern Colorado today. There will be off an on rain and thunderstorms in the plains and a mix of rain and snow in the mountains. There is some concern for flooding due to heavy rain today in urban areas and creeks. Snow will accumulate over 8,000 feet.

Colorado Springs forecast: High: 60; Low: 41. Showers and thunderstorms continue today and temperatures will be cool. Showers begin to taper off tonight. Expect minor urban and creek flooding today.

Pueblo forecast: High: 65; Low: 44. Showers and thunderstorms are possible all day, with a decrease in likelihood by this evening. Minor flooding is possible today.

Canon City forecast: High: 64; Low: 46. Rain and thunderstorms are possible all day with minor flooding expected.

Woodland Park forecast: High: 50; Low: 34. Mostly expecting rain today with a mix of snow also possible. Grassy surfaces may pick up some accumulation.

Tri-Lakes forecast: High: 54; Low: 39. Showers and thunderstorms continue today with minor street and creek flooding expected.

Plains forecast: High: 60s/70s; Low: 40s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue today. There is a low risk of severe weather in the eastern plains today with hail and strong wind gusts.

Walsenburg and Trinidad forecast: High: 61/66; Low: 41/41. Spotty showers and thunderstorms are likely today with cool temperatures.

Mountains forecast: High: 50s/60s; Low: 30s/40s. Rain and snow are expected today with that rain/snow line hovering between 8,000-9,000 feet. Showers will come to an end tonight.

Extended outlook forecast:
Friday will be a bit warmer and much drier. There will be a few isolated afternoon thunderstorms in the mountains and foothills. Then this weekend the next storm system moves in Saturday into Sunday. This brings cooler temperatures and rain to southern Colorado once again.

Curious about the First Alert 5 Weather Storm Impact Scale? Check out our cheatsheet explainer.

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