Severe thunderstorms likely Friday

Friday Afternoon Severe Threat

Several ingredients are expected to come together over southern Colorado Friday to produce severe thunderstorms. Storms are expected to develop in the Pikes Peak region between 2 and 4 p.m. and move to the ENE. These storms may become capable of producing large hail between 1″-2″ in diameter and damaging wind gusts in addition to heavy rain. Storms on the plains north of Highway 50 may also be capable of producing an isolated late in the afternoon or early evening.

Notice that the southeast corner of the state may get close to 90 degrees this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger is posted for the southeast corner of the state. West of Denver, a Winter Storm Watch goes up later today and lasts into Saturday afternoon. The mountains west of the capital city could get a foot and a half of snow in some spots! Between, most of us are under the gun for severe thunderstorms on Friday. Storms that form will tend to move northeast at 15-25 mph.

Much cooler air moves in behind Friday’s storms, setting the stage for an unsettled weekend with showers and thunderstorms expected. On Saturday most areas will have highs in the 50s and 60s with 60s and 70s likely on Sunday. 

While severe thunderstorms always carry a risk of producing damage to property, including crops or livestock on the plains, the rain is welcome. While the likelihood of storms over the weekend won’t likely produce a significant dent in our ongoing drought, any and all moisture is welcome.

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