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Weather advisory issued for Teller, El Paso counties as storms move over the region

By Garrison Wells Published: August 10, 2013

5 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service issued a significant weather advisory shortly before 5 p.m. for central Teller County and west-central El Paso County, including the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

According to the weather service, radars indicated showers and thunderstorms developing over Teller and western El Paso counties, with the first storm just south of Manitou Springs, drifting slowly to the southeast.

A second storm was spotted over Teller County near Divide, also moving southeast.

"If these storms continue to move on their current track, then the precipitation should move to the south of the Waldo burn scar," meteorologist Steve Hodanish said.

An upper-level weather disturbance is moving across the Continental Divide and will travel across the Teller and El Paso counties Saturday evening, keeping a threat of thunderstorms over the burn scar until at least 9 p.m., Hodanish said.

The weather service issued a statement urging all residents in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar to keep a close eye on the weather and be prepared to move to higher ground if advisories or warnings are issued.

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Cleanup from Friday night's flash floods that left one dead and slammed Manitou Springs got started early Saturday under grey skies as the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from noon to 9 p.m.

The weather pattern Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo, is expected to be similar to Friday's.

"We're expecting showers and thunderstorms to develop later this afternoon," said Patrick Cioffi, weather service meteorologist in Pueblo. "The conditions will be similar to yesterday. There's still a lot of moisture in the area. The monsoon is still here."

Chance of precipitation is about 40 percent, he said, with isolated thunderstorms. The watch is for El Paso and Teller counties, including Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Black Forest and Monument.

A weak weather disturbance from the south "could help enhance the thunderstorm development," he added. "Locally there will be heavy rains in this storm. Location is everything."

Thunderstorms Friday pounded Williams Canyon on the Waldo Canyon burn scar with 1.3 inches of rain in about a half hour, sending water rushing along the westbound lanes of U.S. 24 and into Manitou Springs.

Highway 24 was closed for several hours but one lane in each direction reopened about 10 p.m. Friday. Both open lanes have been routed onto the eastbound side of the highway through the flooded area.

The weather outlook doesn't get any better.

Cioffi said no major weather pattern changes are expected for the next five to seven days.

"They look pretty consistent," he said.

The monsoon season usually doesn't slow down until the end of August or early September, he said.

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