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Cloudy and much cooler today with heavy mountain rain

Forecast for today:
A cold front blew through southern Colorado overnight with gusts in the 20 to 40 mph range!

Beyond that front we remain cloudy and dramatically cooler compared to yesterday’s record heat. Highs get warmer through the plains into the 60s and 70s, with more 60s in the mountains.

Heavy rain is expected over the western and central mountains today, with more rain tonight. We could see a few patchy afternoon showers and storms along the eastern mountains and along the I-25 corridor, but most of the local rain will fall overnight.

Flash floods, rock slides, mudslides and road wash-outs are possible in heavy rain over the San Juans, La Garitas and through the Continental Divide. Use caution when traveling west on Highway 160 for the next 48 hours.

Colorado Springs Forecast: High: 70; Low: 48. Mostly cloudy and windy today with highs in the low 70’s over Colorado Springs. Scattered thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, but more rain is expected overnight into early Thursday morning. A few showers could be heavy tonight but flooding is not expected.

Pueblo Forecast: High: 75; Low: 51. Mostly cloudy, windy and significantly cooler than yesterday. Highs today will be in the mid 70’s with a chance of sporadic afternoon storms. A few showers and storms are possible overnight, but the chance of rain is greatest in western Fremont County and northern Pikes Peak.

Forecast for Canon City: High: 74; Low: 53. Mostly cloudy and windy with cool daytime temperatures. Scattered storms are possible in the afternoon, with more rain expected tonight through early Thursday morning. Heavy rains in western Fremont County could cause some flooding problems, namely isolated rock slides at the western end of the Arkansas River Valley and flooding at the Decker Burn Scar.

Woodland Park Forecast: High: 61; Low: 43. Cloudy and cool with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Heavier rain is expected overnight into early Thursday morning, but no flooding effects are expected at this time.

Tri-Lakes Forecast: High: 60s; Low: 40s Cloudy, cool and windy with scattered daytime storms and more rain tonight through early Thursday morning.

Plain’s prognosis: High: 60/70s; Low: 40/50s. Cloudy and windy today with dramatically cooler temperatures. There won’t be much rain on the plains tonight or tonight as most of the moisture will be west in the mountains or along the I-25 corridor.

Forecast for Walsenburg and Trinidad: High: 70s; Low: 50s Cool and windy with a patchy daytime storm. More intermittent storms are possible overnight, but the best chances of rain are in the west in the mountains and valleys.

Mountain Forecast: High: 60s; Low: 40s Heavy rain is expected over most mountains and valleys today and tomorrow, with active flood watches through Thursday. The San Juans will see the most rain at 2 to 4 inches through Thursday. Locally the Sangre De Cristos will see the most rain today and will be a major problem tonight with flooding at the burn scar. We have also seen flooding on the Decker Burn Scar near Salida, with rock and mudslides if the rain is heavy enough on a mountain or canyon road tonight.

Extended outlook:
The chance of rain will decrease after 4am tonight/tomorrow morning meaning most of the region will be dry by sunrise Thursday. More isolated storms are forecast Thursday afternoon from the mountains to the plains, with the best coverage in the mountains, valleys and through the Pikes Peak region.

The weekend looks warmer and breezy with gorgeous weather conditions for Oktoberfest in Colorado Springs, Pueblo Chile Festival and Saturday’s Harvest Festival in Canon City!

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