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Much cooler weather with rain and storms on Wednesday

Forecast for tonight:
The first of several rain waves will hit the mountains tonight, with the heaviest rainfall expected from the San Juans to the Central Mountains. Flood warnings for the mountains go into effect this evening and will last until late Thursday afternoon.

Dry skies are expected closer to home for areas along and east of the highway. With increasing cloud cover for the night hours, the night lows will be quite mild for this time of year.

Colorado Springs Forecast: Low: 58; High: 66; A strong cold front on Wednesday morning will arrive with strong gusts up to 35mph and will also set the stage for a big change in our weather pattern later in the day. It is expected to rain until the afternoon, with periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms lasting into the night hours.

Pueblo Forecast: Low: 62; High: 73; After a mild morning we see an overcast and much cooler day on Wednesday, along with the possibility of rain showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Forecast for Canon City: Low: 64; High: 71; After a hot start to the week, Wednesday’s forecast of a drop of around 20 to 25 degrees and the return of rain in the afternoon and evening hours could come as a major shock to the system.

Woodland Park Forecast: Low: 49; High: 58; Teller County will be on the brink of some of the heaviest rains over the next 24 to 48 hours. Although the heaviest rain falls only to the west of us, Wednesday and Thursday will still be cool and restless, with occasional heavy showers.

Tri-Lakes Forecast: Low: 50s; High: 50s/60s; An early morning cold front brings early gusty north winds into our forecast. Then, behind the front, easterly rising surface winds and an abundance of mid and upper humidity will result in a wet afternoon and evening.

Plain’s prognosis: Low: 50s/60s; High: 60s/70s; Wednesday will be a windy start to a much cooler day for the Plains. A few rain showers are possible in the evening hours. However, most of the more active weather is expected to remain further west.

Forecast for Walsenburg and Trinidad: Low: 50s/60s; High: 60s/70s; After some serious heat over the past few days, a major change in weather pattern will occur starting Wednesday, with rain and much cooler weather for the southern I-25 corridor.

Mountain Forecast: Low: 40s; High: 50s/60s; Multiple waves of rain, not snow, will bring a serious flood hazard to mountains Wednesday and Thursday, particularly areas along and west of the continental divide. 1-3 inches of rain is possible for the sangres through Thursday afternoon, with slightly smaller amounts for the wets.

Extended outlook:
Flood watches will remain in place in the Highlands through Thursday afternoon, with a possibility of heavier rain. Our highs will be even cooler on Thursday with highs around 10-15 degrees below average. High pressure returns starting Friday and that will push daily highs in the lower elevations back into the 70’s and 80’s. A weaker late Saturday cold front will drop Sunday’s highs to near seasonal levels, but doesn’t appear to be bringing us any additional moisture.
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