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Thunderstorms diminish tonight with more flash flood potential Tuesday

Hail in Pueblo
Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 01, 2019

Tonight’s Forecast: Thunderstorms will be gradually weakening and moving east through the Plains tonight. Storms may linger in Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, and Baca counties until 10-11 pm. Threats for hail will continue to decrease tonight, but heavy rain and frequent lightning are still a hazard. Temperatures will be quite mild tonight, in part due to the humidity around the state. Most of the region will drop to the 50s and 60s, and 40s in the mountains.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low – 57; High – 86. Tuesday will start with sunshine and the temperatures won't take long to boost to the mid 80s by lunch time. Any time after noon we can see more thunderstorms develop. Small hail is possible tomorrow, but the main hazard again will be flooding rains and frequent lightning. Into the evening the air will stabilize and the storms should calm by dinner.

PUEBLO: Low – 58; High – 94. An active afternoon in the weather world for Pueblo, with flooding rain and strong winds. The airport reported a wind gust of 62 mph! Tonight will calm down significantly. On Tuesday, temperatures will rebound to the low to mid 90s quickly with sunshine to start the day. Then near lunch time and into the early evening, thunderstorms are possible once again. Small sized hail, heavy downpours, and gusty wind will again be a threat.

CANON CITY: Low – 60; High – 92. Tuesday expect a clear start a fast warm up, to the low 90s by noon. As soon as the atmosphere heats to this level and the energy builds, more showers and thunderstorms will pop up. Be alert Tuesday for more flooding rain, as experienced today. Lightning will be another likelihood any time from noon until the early evening.

WOODLAND PARK: Low – 49; High – 77. Tonight will be cool, to the upper 40s under a partly cloudy sky. Tuesday will be nice, to the upper 70s! More showers and thunderstorms are likely once we get that heating effect. So, by about 11 am showers are likely to develop. Be very cautious of lightning and heavy rain in any storm tomorrow.

TRI-LAKES: Low – 50s; High – 70s. Mild tonight to the 50s, with any lingering rain and clouds clearing out. Tuesday is looking warm, but not too hot, in the upper 70s. Before you plan a day outside, be aware more thunderstorms are possible starting around noon. These early afternoon thunderstorms will generally be heavy rain and lightning producers, with a low level hail threat.

PLAINS: Low – 60s; High – 80s/90s. Tonight expect heavy rain and strong wind gusts to continue from storms moving east from the front range. These may cause flash flooding locally, but the hail threat is diminishing tonight. Tomorrow is trending a bit cooler once again, to the upper 80s and low 90s. The storms today may leave some clouds into Tuesday morning. The trend is that most mountain storms will dissipate before reaching the Plains tomorrow evening. This will mostly depend on the amount of sunshine Tuesday. Less sun means less storm energy. If this forecast changes, we will keep you updated.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low – 50s; High – 70s/80s. Tonight will be mild to the 50s with the sky clearing out. Tomorrow will be nice in Walsenburg to the upper 70s, and a bit warmer in Trinidad to the mid 80s. Yet again, Tuesday brings thunderstorms. The atmosphere will be very similar to today, meaning flash flooding will be the main concern with Tuesday's rain. Watch also for lightning and gusty winds. These storms will develop early, even as early as 11 am.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK: Wednesday is looking drier across the region with just isolated storms in the afternoon and in around the mountain areas. Thursday, the 4th of July, looks dry and hot across most of southern Colorado. Rain chances increase late Friday night and then again on Saturday.