Sep 13, 2013 10:10 AM by Stephen Bowers
While mostly light rain with occasionally heavier downpours will likely continue through about 10 AM Friday, the afternoon will transition to a more spotty to scattered shower pattern. Most of the afternoon showers will be along and west of the I-25 corridor. That pattern will continue Saturday, but another cold front will move through Colorado on Sunday and bring another round of rain.
Today temperatures will hold steady until the clouds begin breaking up this afternoon. Temperatures will warm into the 70's in areas where the clouds break enough to see some sun in the breaks. That will happen mostly along and south of the Arkansas River, while areas around Colorado Springs will see highs in the 60's. Most of Teller County will not warm beyond the upper 50's today.
Two rivers remain under flood warnings.
A Flood Warning is in effect for Fountain Creek at Colorado Springs in El Paso County. At 6:46 AM Friday, Fountain Creek was measured at 9.3 Feet. Flood Stage is 8.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring, Fountain Creek will continue rising to about 10.5 feet late this morning before falling back below flood stage this afternoon. At 10.5 feet, water will flow over Front Range Trail near Janitell Road.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Arkansas River near Avondale in Pueblo County. At 7:15 AM Friday, the river was measured at 6.4 feet. Flood stage is 7.0 feet. The river is expected to rise to above flood stage by early this evening and to a crest of 8.4 feet by midmorning Saturday before falling below flood stage late Saturday afternoon. Considerable flooding of agricultural lands near Avondale is expected.
Also, remember to STAY AWAY from the banks of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River. The rain and swollen rivers have weakened the banks to a point where they can break, and you can easily fall into the fast flowing water.