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Afternoon rain hits Waldo burn scar

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
June 7, 2013 Updated: June 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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The Waldo Canyon burn scar was getting wet just after 1 p.m. on Friday, but National Weather Service forecasters in Pueblo didn't expect the rainfall to approach flash-flood stages.

Meteorologist Mark Wankowski said at about 1:15 p.m. that weather spotters were watching the scattered thunderstorms closely, but no definitive data from rain gauges was available at that time.

Wankowski said the weather service expected the burn scar to get up to a couple tenths of an inch of rain early afternoon with "another round going through" late afternoon to early evening.

"There is a possibility of some heavier rain also," he said. "So we are watching it."

Rain and hail hit Cripple Creek in Teller County around noon Friday. One southern Teller resident posted a photo on Twitter.com showing a thin coating of hail covering the ground. A dispatcher with the Cripple Creek police said the storm was very brief and no hail accumulated in downtown.

Wankowski said the entire Pikes Peak region is expected to get scattered storms through about 6 or 7 p.m. Friday evening. The weather service is calling for a 40 percent chance of precipitation.

Forecasts for Saturday and Sunday show less chance of rain or hail with mostly sunny conditions and temperatures topping out in the mid 80s each day in Colorado Springs.

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