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Storms in the forecast today with heavy rain and lightning

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Posted at 6:49 AM, Jul 02, 2019

Today’s Forecast: Southern Colorado is in for another day of rain and thunderstorms, although not as widespread or long lived as what happened on Monday. Showers early this morning across the far eastern plains will continue to fade out and leave dry skies for the whole region by the mid morning. Cloudier skies will develop over the mountains first, followed by rain and thunderstorms that will drift east into the I-25 and corridor and then again east across the plains through the day. Heavy rain, lightning, small hail and flash flooding, especially over the burn scars, are the biggest threats from storms today. Even though a few thunderstorms could be on the stronger side, widespread severe weather is not expected today. Dry skies take over by tonight with lows falling into the mid 50s across the region.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High – 82; Low – 56. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming in the mountains around the mid afternoon and then slowly move east across town. Thunderstorms could pack heavy rain, lightning and even small hail as the cross through town later today. Tonight should be dry and mild.

PUEBLO: High – 89; Low – 57. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming west of town towards the mountains and Fremont County around the late afternoon and then slowly move east across town. Thunderstorms could pack heavy rain, lightning and even small hail as the cross through town later today. Flooding concerns are high today from heavy rain due to the already soaked soil. Tonight should be dry and mild.

CANON CITY: High – 87; Low – 59. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming in and around the mountains around the mid afternoon and then slowly move east across town. Thunderstorms could pack heavy rain, lightning and even small hail as the cross through town later today. Tonight should be dry and mild.

WOODLAND PARK: High – 74; Low – 51. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming in the early afternoon and then slowly move east towards El Paso County. While thunderstorms could be strong, severe weather is not expected. Heavy rain, small hail, and lightning are the primary threats out of storms today. Tonight should be cool and dry.

TRI-LAKES: High – 70s; Low – 50s. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming in the mountains around the mid afternoon and then slowly move east across town. Thunderstorms could pack heavy rain, lightning and even small hail as the cross through town later today. Tonight should be dry and mild.

PLAINS: High – 80s; Low – 60s. Early rain across the far eastern plains will dry up through the mid morning adn we'll get ready for a second round of storms early this evening. Storms will slowly move away from the I-25 corridor, favoring areas like Las Animas County and areas east of El Paso County. Any heavy rain through the highway 50 corridor could cause flooding from the heavy rain we saw yesterday. Storms will slowly move east towards Kansas, quickly drying with time. Lightning and flooding from heavy rain are the biggest storm threats today.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High – 80s; Low – 50s. Thunderstorms are likely going to start forming in the mountains around the mid afternoon and then slowly move east across town. Thunderstorms could pack heavy rain, lightning and even small hail as the cross through town later today. Burn scar flooding is a strong possibility today by the Spring burn scar. Tonight should be dry and mild.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK: Wednesday through Friday looks much drier across southern Colorado as the temperatures heat up. Wednesday will be mostly dry but we could still see a few stray thunderstorms over the mountains that hop our into the lower elevations. Thursday, Independence Day, looks hot and dry, a perfect day for the pool! A few mountain storms are possible on Friday but the next best chance for rain comes Saturday afternoon.