Strong to severe storms likely this afternoon

Posted at 5:59 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 15:55:51-04

Today’s Forecast:
We're going to feel cool and gloomy today under overcast skies today, but we still have a chance for strong to severe storms in the afternoon. Storms will start over the mountains just around or after lunch and move east over I-25 and into the plains through the afternoon and evening.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 64; Low: 45. Strong and possibly severe storms are likely this afternoon across Colorado Springs and eastern El Paso County. Storms in town have a decent chance of staying non-severe, but there could still be small hail, very heavy rain, and lots of lightning as they pass between 1 to 3 pm. If storms do become severe, 1" (quarter sized) hail and 50 - 60 mph wind gusts would be our main threat, along with some street flooding.

PUEBLO: High: 70; Low: 48. Strong storms are likely, but severe weather is absolutely possible this afternoon in and around Pueblo. Heavy rain with lots of lightning is very likely, but if storms go severe, 1 to 1.5" hail and 55-65 mph wind gusts are also possible. A few late day and early evening storms are possible behind the main wave from 2 to 4 pm, but any cells after the main wave should stay non-severe. Steet flooding would also be a concern as storms pass.

CANON CITY: High: 68; Low: 50. Strong to severe storms could roll through Canon City between 2 to 4 pm with 1 to 1.5" hail (quarter to walnut-sized) and 50 - 60 mph wind gusts. At the very least heavy rain with lots of lightning is possible, but dry skies will take over this evening after storms pass.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 60; Low: 40. Strong storms are possible today between 1 to 3 pm with non-severe hail possible (marble to nickel-sized) and strong winds. Heavy rain and lighting are a very good possibility today with dry skies overnight.

TRI-LAKES: High: 60s; Low: 40s. Strong storms are pretty likely this afternoon, mainly between 2 to 4 pm with penny to nickle sized hail, strong winds, heavy rain, and lightning all possible. Dry skies will take over this evening.

PLAINS: High: 70s; Low: 50s. Strong to severe storms are very likely from the end of the day through the evening hours, especially for towns along and north of highway 50. Las Animas County could see isolated severe cells, but the chances are much better along and north of the highway. Large hail, 1-2" hail, and very strong winds (55-65mph) are the two biggest severe risks today with plenty of heavy rain and lightning.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 60s; Low: 40s. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms could develop between Walsenburg to Trinidad this afternoon, but the worst weather is expected well north or east of the region from the afternoon through the early evening.

Extended Outlook:
Saturday is going to be nice and since it is the first day of Summer, it will be the longest day of the year! We should stay dry out there but a few stay storms could develop in the Continental Divide. A few more storms are possible on Sunday in the mountains and Continental Divide, but most of our region looks pretty dry. Next week looks stormy with most cells developing in the afternoon each day.