Aug 1, 2014 8:39 AM by Stephen Bowers
To our west a disturbance is brought some showers this morning to parts of western Colorado. All indications are that is headed our way for this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will be most abundant in the mountains. Some of the storms will move out toward the I-25 Corridor late this afternoon and this evening.
7 AM to 10 AM will be calm with some clouds and temperatures warming slowly through the 60's. The clouds will try to break through noon to allow some sun to shine in spots. Temperatures will warm into the 70's along the Arkansas Valley while other areas will hold back in the 60's. By 2 PM 70's become common, but so do those mountain showers and thunderstorms. They will move out of the mountains through 5 PM and produce pockets of heavy rain. While widespread flash flooding is not likely today, we will have to closely monitor the areas known to have problems with flash flooding.
Only pop-up thunderstorms are in your weekend forecast, and those will be most abundant in the mountains. If you are planning a trip to the mountains this weekend, you will want to remember that lightning could be an issue and you should plan to be off of the peaks by around noon. Temperatures will gradually warm through the 70's and 80's through Tuesday. Then another disturbance late Tuesday brings cooling and more rain on Wednesday and into Thursday.