Strong to severe storms possible across the eastern plains tonight

Lightning Storm
Posted at 5:53 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 09:09:19-04

Today’s Forecast:
The weather is going to turn a bit more stormy over the next few days. We could see a few daytime thunderstorms in Teller and Northern El Paso County later in the afternoon, but our storm chances in general are best in the evening and overnight hours. Storms look to be strongest out east of El Paso and Pueblo counties tonight, where the moisture and storm energy will be highest. Any rain overnight will dry out by Friday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 73; Low: 46. A few afternoon thunderstorms are possible mainly on the north side of town during the afternoon and end of the day, but storm chances are best this evening. Severe weather is not expected, but isolated downpours, lightning, and small hail are a possibility this evening.

PUEBLO: High: 81; Low: 50. Dry and warm during the day with storm potential growing after 6 pm. Any storm that comes through town this evening will likely stay non severe, but there could be lighting, heavy rain, and small hail.

CANON CITY: High: 76; Low: 50. Like Pueblo, we'll be dry and warm during the day with our best chance for storms happening sometime around or after 6 pm. Storms would likely grown heavier and stronger as they move east of Canon City, but lightning, small hail, and heavy rain are still possible this evening.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 64; Low: 39. Isolated thundershowers are possible this afternoon and evening, but limited moisture is going to make it pretty tough for much rain to form or even hit the ground. We'll have to watch for lightning in the afternoon and evening, even if we don't see much rain.

TRI-LAKES: High: 60s; Low: 40s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, but that chance for rain will stay best north of the Palmer Divide. Storm potential grows a bit more early this evening, with heavy rain, lightning, and small hail as the main storm threats.

PLAINS: High: 80s; Low: 40/50s. Strong to severe thunderstorms are very likely in the evening and overnight hours for the plains east of El Paso and Pueblo Counties. Moist air and wind shear will give storms enough energy to try and develop heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, and quarter size hail. Wherever storms form, they will move east and southeast overnight into Kansas.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 70s; Low: 40s. We are likely going to stay dry today and tonight from Walsenburg to Trinidad with windy and dry daytime conditions.

Extended Outlook:
Friday still looks like our wettest day in southern Colorado, but overcast skies might limit severe chances. Storm chances on Saturday are more scattered in nature and will likely come through the afternoon. We're dry and warm on Sunday with big heat still likely early next week.