Thunderstorms over Pikes Peak region expected throughout weekend

July 11, 2013 Updated: July 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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photo - Crews work to clear mud from Hwy. 24 after a mudslide closed the road just west of Manitou Springs on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The flash flood and mudslide occurred in the area that was burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Crews work to clear mud from Hwy. 24 after a mudslide closed the road just west of Manitou Springs on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The flash flood and mudslide occurred in the area that was burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

Cloudy skies will linger over El Paso County through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service said it doesn't expect another downpour like Wednesday's to hit the region, although a brief downpour hit Manitou Springs Thursday afternoon.

"Thursday's forecast is different from what we saw yesterday, very hit-and-miss," said Makoto Moore, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are predicted Thursday, with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Moore said they will be tied to high terrain, forming initially over Rampart Range, Palmer Divide and Monument Hill, most likely staying over the mountains.

"If they form and stay over the Waldo Canyon burn scar, they may dump a little precipitation over the area," Moore said. "What we're really learning is that it's not a matter of how much rain we get, but how fast we get it."

Temperatures are expected to reach the lower 90s consistently through the weekend. There's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday afternoon. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Next week will cool off slightly, with temps expected to dip to the mid to high 80s and a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms, Moore said.

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