Jul 18, 2014 8:02 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Flood Warning continues for the Arkansas River from La Junta to Las Animas. The river was just below flood stage at 10.29 feet at 3:15 this morning and is expected to rise and crest near 12.5 feet early Saturday morning. Flood stage is 11 feet.
A cold front to the north will pass through Colorado early Saturday. Warm high pressure will expand across Colorado following the passage of the cold front, bringing intense warmth to Southern Colorado this weekend and next week.
Temperatures were unseasonably cool this morning. Our Friday started in the 50's with 40's in the high elevations. Don't let the cool start fool you. We will warm into the 80's and 90's this afternoon.
From 10 AM to noon we will warm from the lower 70's to near 80 with abundant sunshine. At 2 PM, clouds begin gathering in the high elevations west of I-25, but we will stay mainly dry with temperatures continuing their climb through the 80's. Many areas along and south of the Arkansas Valley will warm to near 90. Otherwise expect 80's for highs. Between 2 PM and 5 PM a wave of showers and thunderstorms will develop in the upslope breeze along the mountains and sweep east along I-25. Activity will be sparse and not all that widespread, but with the saturated ground we will have to watch for the flash flood potential closely.
After today, temperatures will begin climbing. A few showers cannot be ruled out tomorrow with the cold front and in the upslope breeze behind the cold front. This morning's analysis hinted at potential for a few upslope showers on Sunday, too, but they will be isolated in nature and mainly limited to high elevations if they happen. Temperatures soar into the 90's and 100's for our weekend. The warmth will stay in place in Monday and Tuesday and then ease back only slightly on Wednesday and Thursday.