Apr 25, 2014 7:28 AM by Stephen Bowers
** A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Las Animas County along and east of I-25 today from noon to 9 PM for a heightened fire danger.
** A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for all of Southeastern Colorado east of the mountains Saturday from noon to 9 PM for a heightened fire danger.
** A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the central and southern mountains west of the Continental Divide from 6 AM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday. This includes the Swatch Range and the San Juans.
Today will be mostly sunny with a few afternoon clouds and a gusty afternoon wind. Highs will be in the 70's around Colorado Springs with near-80-degree highs likely around Pueblo and Cañon City and 80's across the Plains. Saturday, a dry downslope wind will gust to over 60 mph and increase the fire danger all across Southeastern Colorado. This happens as a large upper-level low pressure system approaches from the northwest. That system will bring another hefty round of snow for the High Country, and a Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the central and southern mountains west of the Continental Divide for Saturday and Sunday. For us, the disturbance will mean rain. The best chance for rain will be in higher elevations where the upslope breeze can help generate more rain. The Arkansas Valley could see a lot of the rain choked off due to a northerly downslope wind off the Palmer Divide. Though some rain should still fall, it will be more spotty in areas like Pueblo, Cañon City, and La Junta.