Thursday July 29, 2021 Forecast First


There is another round of active storms expected for the Western Slope Thursday evening/night.

As has been the case for the past two weeks, there is plenty of available moisture in the atmosphere (thanks to a very active summer monsoon) and storms continue to pop up during the midday over the higher elevations. These scattered thunderstorms will move off the mountains, mesas and plateaus during the late afternoon and will continue drifting over the lower elevations during the evening hours. This will bring another round of hazardous weather that will include small hail, heavy downpours, cloud to ground lightning, flooding and gusty wind speeds for areas in line with the storms moving in from the southern zones. This activity is expected to continue through the evening, past sunset and linger through the midnight hour. These storms will cause more flooding over burn scars, and already saturated soils. Other areas to be cautious of include arroyos, slot canyons, dry washes and low water road crossings. Debris flows are also a repeat problem and road closures will continue to be common. If you plan on traveling to the Front Range this weekend expect a detour because the “Grizz” is already under a Flash Flood Watch. The heaviest rain showers will fall late Friday through early Monday.

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