Storms leave some parts of Colorado Springs area wetter than others

By: matt steiner and jakob rodgers The Gazette
May 30, 2014 Updated: May 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Another round of thunderstorms hit the Pikes Peak region Friday - the latest in a week-long string of storms that have dropped heavy rains and hail over parts of the area.

The strongest storm cells appeared to avoid the Waldo Canyon burn scar, hitting other parts of Teller County, as well as portions of east Colorado Springs, said Randy Gray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

A spotter recorded .3 inches of rain falling in 10 minutes in Woodland Park, while another spotter said .9 inches fell elsewhere in that city over the span of 15 minutes, according to Gray.

Another .8 inches of rain fell in 30 minutes about three miles northwest of Peterson Air Force Base.

"It's not as if everybody's getting a large amount, but we are getting individual cells with short duration, fairly heavy rainfall," Gray said.

The worst of the storms was expected to hit north of the Pikes Peak region.

A flash-flood watch remains in effect for Douglas County and areas farther north until 8 p.m. Friday.

A disturbance in the atmosphere was moving through the Pikes Peak area Friday morning, said Larry Walrod, another meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Pueblo bureau.

"Probably most everybody will get hit with something," Walrod said. "There's a pretty good chance you'll see some showers, at least nearby."

Chances for precipitation in the region will diminish as the weekend progresses. The chance for precipitation in Colorado Springs will be about 30 percent Saturday afternoon and drop to a slight chance by Sunday, the weather service said. Temperatures should be about 10 degrees higher for Saturday and Sunday.

The forecaster said the weather service will be monitoring the Waldo Canyon burn scar as morning turns into afternoon and "issuing advisories and warnings as necessary."

"It's definitely a wetter atmosphere than yesterday," Walrod said of Friday's conditions. "So the potential for heavier rain is a little greater."

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