Weather Service lifts flash-flood watch in El Paso County

September 10, 2013 Updated: September 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

UPDATE: A flash flood watch for the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars was lifted by the National Weather Service about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The watch went into effect about 10 a.m.

There was light rain in the Colorado Springs area during the evening, but no flooding was reported.


Earlier story:

A flash flood watch for the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars was issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 10 a.m. to midnight Tuesday.

"Ample atmospheric moisture, along with embedded disturbances, will allow for areas of heavy rain to develop over and near the higher terrain late this morning through the evening hours," the weather service said. "This heavy rain will bring the potential for flash flooding, mud and ash flows across the area's burn scars."

El Paso and Teller counties, including the Rampart Range, Pikes Peak, Woodland Park, Black Forest, the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs are in the flash flood watch area.

Chances of precipitation for Tuesday are 60 percent, with possible rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch by 3 p.m., with temperatures reaching 67 degrees.

Tonight's temperatures could dip into the low 50s with continuing chance of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over the burn scars.

Storm threats include cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts up to 45 mph, as some of the stronger storms could produce small hail and even snow for the higher mountain areas.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected across higher terrain and the Pikes Peak Region through midnight, according to the weather service.

"Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation, you should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued," the national weather service stated.

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